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August 12, 2019Knowledge Portal
Rebuilding pastoralist livelihoods during and after conflict

This review synthesises findings from discussions on approaches to support pastoral livelihoods during and after conflict. In order to be successful in unstable environments, development initiatives (including livelihoods support) should be both stabilisation-oriented (providing better access to physical and livelihood security for populations) and conflict-sensitive. Poorly designed pastoral development interventions that do not fully take the drivers of conflict and violence into account can create more instability and exacerbate conflicts. »

May 9, 2019Knowledge Portal
Cultivating stability: Agriculture systems, conflict & resilience

This publication aims to provide ways to ensure that agricultural systems continue to function throughout violent conflict, recover more quickly and minimize the risks of fueling further conflicts so that the people within the systems maintain food security and economic gains. The “freedom of movement” can be used as a proxy indicator to determine which intervention can apply. »

April 16, 2019Knowledge Portal
The nexus: Joining forces – peace-building, humanitarian assistance and development co-operation.

This issue focuses on the Humantitarian-Development-Peace nexus whereby solutions to instability should bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and development co-operation, while supporting peace-building. One article is on the nexus policy approach that has resurfaced among global policy-makers seeking a convenient combination of humanitarian action, development and peace. The author gives an account of the different nexus approaches and trends over the last few decades and shows where their restrictions are. »

April 2, 2019Knowledge Portal
Global report on food crises 2019

This report provides the latest estimates of severe hunger in the world caused by food crises.┬áMore than 113 million people accross 53 countries experiences acute hunger, of which two thirds live in only eight countries. The primary driver of food insecurity continued to be conflict and insecurity, thereafter follows climate shocks and natural disasters. »

March 19, 2019Knowledge Portal
Food resources and strategic conflict

This study aims to develop an explanation for how the competition over food resources conditions the strategic behaviors of three actors: rebels, civilian producers who grow crops, and state forces. Findings suggest that the imperative for food denial as a microlevel tactic in civil war should be more seriously incorporated into the work of scholars and policy makers. »

February 15, 2019Knowledge Portal
Transforming pasotralist mobility in West Darfur: Understanding continuity and change

This study examines how livestock keepers in Darfur Region of Sudan cope with and manage extreme climate variability, and potential insecurity and conflict, and how this coping differs according to systems of livestock production and mobility patterns. All livestock keepers identified insecurity as their predominant concern. Restricted patterns of mobility are a preventive response strategy to counter security risks. »