Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
22 Aug 2021
6:00 am

Climate Change: Food security in South Africa facing imminent danger

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

South Africa is ranked 72nd in terms of risk, with water scarcity and pollution impacting children affected by poverty and poor nutrition.

Earth's average temperature will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels around 2030, a decade earlier than projected only three years ago. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

The threat to food security has made climate change a much more immediate danger in South Africa where water scarcity continues to take its toll, experts have warned. This is in light of a new report by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), showing that half the world's children live in countries heavily impacted by climate change. This creates a litany of threats to their health and future prospects. South Africa is ranked 72nd among countries surveyed in terms of risk, with water scarcity, soil, and water pollution having a particular impact on children affected by poverty and poor...