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Conflict, Migration and Food Security: The Role of Agriculture and Rural Development

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Publication Date: 2017

Description: Protracted conflicts around the world have been a main cause of a rise in global hunger in recent years. How conflict creates food insecurity, and when conflict and food insecurity drive people to abandon their livelihoods and migrate, differ from place to place. Where do we begin to prevent and mitigate these complex problems? Responses should start from a clear understanding of the root causes underlying conflicts, movements of people, and persistent food insecurity. While humanitarian aid is essential in the short-term to prevent food crises and famines, lasting solutions will require programs and support measures that address these root causes by providing people with the means to rebuild their livelihoods. Restoring agriculture, food production, and rural livelihoods before, during, and after conflict will be key to building sustainable solutions.

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