Australia’s former Governor General Michael Jeffery says the world is on the brink of a massive food and water shortage which global governments are largely unprepared for.
Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia conference in Perth, Major General Jeffery said there was increasing demand for water and suitable land for agriculture.
He says this is likely to force nations and people into conflict.
“We’ll find them going across borders in mass migration and across the waters, and Australia and China cannot isolate themselves from that,” he said.
Major General Jeffery says immediate action is needed.
He says Australia needs to work together with regional partners, including China, to find ways of avoiding a global catastrophe.
“How to improve the sustainability of our soils, how to regenerate the health of our rivers,” he said.
“If we do not do this, the world is going to face a big problem, we will find hundreds of millions of people going hungry.
“The greatest contribution that we can make to global security is to ensure the fundamentals of food and water are dealt with, and I’m confident that we’ll do so.”
(ABC – News)