WFP Occasional Paper on Food Insecurity and Violent Conflict

Dear all,

From the Abstract:

Food insecurity – especially when caused by a rise in food prices – is a threat and impact multiplier for violent conflict. It might not be a direct cause and rarely the only cause, but combined with other factors, for example in the political or economic spheres, it could be the factor that determines whether and when violent conflicts will erupt. Changes in food security, rather than levels of food insecurity, are probably most influential. Food insecurity is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for violent conflict. Food price stabilization measures and safety nets are critical instruments to prevent violent conflict. Food assistance can contribute to peacebuilding, restore trust in governments and rebuild social capital.

Please find below a link to a paper on food insecurity and violent conflict.

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Comment by Ansar Ali on August 6, 2011 at 1:35pm

I agree with this statment that food assistance can contribute to peacebuilding restore trust in governments and rebuild social capital. Its prectical example was seen last year in pakistan were flood badly effect the all food storage places in Sind or Bilochastan. The effect of flood was seen by all the world. The rise in prices resulting from different points. It might be rise due to flood, earthquake, governament unstability, or having manapoly of the dealer.  Definatly when the prices of the food increases in also rise the conflict with same graf.

Comment by Moges Bekele on August 2, 2011 at 6:38am

"If people have no available  food  in their hands, one day the time will seize its part which they will eat political leaders."

Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on August 2, 2011 at 4:22am

Good thought

Comment by jayanta madhab tamuli on August 2, 2011 at 1:57am
i agree to the statement as being the basic condition of life,lack of food or hike in food price always stands as a major factor in confict.
Comment by Michael Charles Lui on August 2, 2011 at 1:51am

This goes hand in hand with State failure. If a state cannot provide the basic essentials of its citizens, ie. food, clean water, and living needs, then the only option is to turn to someone or something that can provide those needs, whether it may be an organization or a revolution. It is important to not overlook these "simple" issues due to their role in conflicts.

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