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Norwegian Government to increase funding for climate change adaptation and the fight against hunger

Norwegian Government to increase funding for climate change adaptation and the fight against hunger

‘Food production is becoming increasingly difficult, and more people are going hungry. We must focus more strongly on adaptation to climate change. The Government’s new strategy on climate change, hunger and vulnerability will play a part in this,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.

2020 was one of the three warmest years ever recorded. And in 2019, 24 million people had to abandon their homes because of extreme weather events, flooding and drought.

'The number of people suffering from hunger has risen by 60 million in only five years. Vulnerable groups and the poor are being hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. We are not just experiencing a climate emergency -- we are also dealing with emergencies relating to food supplies, refugee flows and protection of vulnerable groups. This is why Norway is increasing its funding for climate change adaptation and food security efforts from NOK 3.2 billion to NOK 4 billion,' said Mr Ulstein.

Even if the world succeeds in making deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, it will take time before the effects are felt.

Developing countries are calling for more climate finance to be provided for adaptation. Norway has provided a relatively high level of climate change-related aid over the years, but like most countries, has focused more on mitigation than on adaptation.

Norway's new strategy on climate change, hunger and vulnerability marks a shift in emphasis towards climate change adaptation in Norwegian development cooperation.

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