Climate Change and Food Insecurities: Destabilisers of ASEAN Centrality?
There is an increasing awareness and acknowledgement of the effects on the earth’s natural systems attributed to climate change effects. However, some scholars have highlighted how people often miss out on the ‘intangible third-order socio-political and institutional effects’ that have not been fully recognised. This study addresses these ‘intangible’ effects. It is informed by ideas on how physical changes in the environment, translate to social responses, and beyond that can affect regional governmentality and solidarity. Through extensive and multidisciplinary literature reviews, this chapter examines the effects of climate change on something as palpable and important to humans as food production. The possible effects of climate change on food systems have been studied quite closely given the importance of food production to the survival of the species. Furthering the study and moving beyond the effects of climate change on food, I look into the potential for conflict in climate-induced food insecurities and how such events may or may not destabilise regional institutions such as ASEAN.
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