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A global-level model of the potential impacts of climate change on child stunting via income and food price in 2030

Simon J. Lloyd, Mook Bangalore, Zaid Chalabi, R. Sari Kovats, Stephane Hallegatte (), Julie Rozenberg, Hugo Valin and Petr Havlik

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Abstract: Background: In 2016, 23% of children (155 million) aged 1 million under the poverty/high climate change scenario. The projected impact of climate change on stunting was greater in rural vs. urban areas under both socioeconomic scenarios. In countries with lower incomes and relatively high food prices, we projected that rising prices would tend to increase stunting, whereas in countries with higher incomes and relatively low food prices, rising prices would tend to decrease stunting. These findings suggest that food prices that provide decent incomes to farmers alongside high employment with living wages will reduce undernutrition and vulnerability to climate change. Conclusions: Shifting the focus from food production to interactions between incomes and food price provides new insights. Futures that protect health should consider not just availability, accessibility, and quality of food, but also the incomes generated by those producing the food

JEL-codes: R14 J01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-09-26
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Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, 26, September, 2018, 126(9). ISSN: 0091-6765

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