Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

Source: Woodrow Wilson international Center for Scholars, 2013

Author(s): Emmy Simmons

Countries: Eritera, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda

Topics: Livelihoods, Renewable Resources

Added: 30/05/2014


Combating hunger can help prevent conflict, according to a new report from the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, which recommends that food assistance and peacebuilding programs work together to better accomplish their goals. 

“Conflict and food are intertwined in ways that affect the lives of millions of hungry and disenfranchised people,” says Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security at the Wilson Center. “Harvesting Peaceprovides a framework and analysis for understanding and addressing these dynamics in hunger and conflict hotspots and provides an opportunity for informed dialogue to make a difference in the lives of those most affected.”

Drawing insights from scholars and humanitarian organizations, the report recommends more collaboration between peacekeepers and food programs. “With acute food insecurity as a key element of conflict, long-term perspectives must accommodate short-term solutions as well. Both humanitarian assistance and development tools must be wielded with skill and sensitivity – and in tandem,” writes Emmy Simmons, author of the report.


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