Seasonal fluctuations in food production

Other Names:
Short duration of growing season
Seasonal variability in food supplies
Weather-induced fluctuations in agriculture
Seasonally determined diets
Fluctuation in availability of food

Typically from around June to October, this period is also commonly referred to as the 'hunger season' or the 'lean season'. The availability of food varies from season to season and may be severely affected by the weather, especially when this gives rise to floods, heat waves (droughts), and cold spells. Environmental degradation can increase vulnerability to these effects. The growing dependence on a limited number of crop varieties over large areas may amplify the effects of weather and pest damage. Climate change increases the risk whilst raising the challenge of accurate forecasting.

Fluctuations in food production can cause transitory hunger at local levels and impact the global food markets.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST