An op-ed written by Prof. Evan Fraser was published in the Toronto Star Sept. 23. It focuses on a new United Nations report that found global hunger has increased to affect 850 million people – the first increase in more than a decade.

In the article, Fraser discusses the connections among global hunger, conflict and climate change, and possible solutions, including drought-resistant crops and improved agricultural practices.

Fraser, the director of the Arrell Food Institute, studies the social and environmental consequences of food price volatility and ways to reduce waste in global food systems. He is the co-author of the book Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations.