Food security policy and governance
Food security and stability
After years of increasing global food security world hunger is rising again. This rise is concentrated mainly in countries affected by conflict and fragility where violent conflict can destroy crops, assets and displace people. As a result of prolonged instability borders can be closed, (safe) access to markets can be limited, and farm inputs can become scarcely available. To deal with such a precarious environment farmers and actors along the food chain employ various coping mechanisms that are at best detrimental to food availability, and at worst can contribute to further instability. Conversely through the importance of agriculture in the economies of these countries the development of the sector can contribute to an enabling environment for increased stability. Especially the promotion of resilience of (rural) food systems can serve to increase household and community food security in the face of instability. In this topic we look at the relation between food security and stability, especially ways in which interventions on this nexus can achieve more resilient food systems, contribute to stability and can bridge humanitarian and development programming.
Over the past year the F&BKP has also supported and organized various knowledge activities related to this topic within its knowledge trajectory on the food security and stability nexus. See our discussion paper on the relationship between food security and conflict, the report and practical tool from a project investigating conflict sensitivity in the practice of food security programming at embassy level, and the report of the session on conflict sensitivity and food security at the ‘Two Peas in a Pod’ conference.