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August 10, 2018Knowledge Portal
Food security and conflict: Empirical challenges and future opportunities for research and policy making on food security and conflict

This article emphasizes the endogeneity that characterizes the coupling between food (in)security and violent conflict. Results reveal that causal and substantive links exist between food security and violent conflict, spanning the individual up to global levels. »

July 11, 2018Knowledge Portal
The effect of violent conflict on household resilience and food security: Evidence from the 2014 Gaza conflict

This paper studies how conflict affects household resilience capacity and food security, drawing on panel data collected from households in Palestine before and after the 2014 Gaza conflict. Household resilience capacity that is necesssary to resist food insecurity declined as a result of conflict. »

The future of farming in Africa
July 4, 2018Expert opinion
The future of farming in Africa

 “Who will produce our food in the future?” Ken Giller, professor Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University, asks out loudly during a presentation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 5,  2018. It asks for policy that doesn’t exist at the moment”, Giller says, “this is what I frame as the Food Security Conundrum”. »

June 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
School feeding or general food distribution? Quasi-experimental evidence on the educational impacts of emergency food assistance during conflict in Mali

This report investigates the effects of emergency school feeding and general food distribution (GFD) on children’s schooling during conflict in Mali. School feeding led to increases in enrolment by 11 percentage points and to about an additional half-year of completed schooling. »

May 18, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agricultural production amid conflict: Separating the effects of conflict into shocks and uncertainty

This paper examines the effect of conflict on agricultural production of small farmers and whether households respond differently to conflict shocks and uncertainty brought about the presence of non-state armed actors. Shocks may arise when either government or non-state armed actor is hegemonic in the region »

April 10, 2018Knowledge Portal
The impact of food assistance on food insecure populations during conflict: Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Mali

This article aims to evaluate the impact of humanitarian aid on the food security of rural populations in Mali. A quasi-experimental study based on two survey rounds, five years apart, was designed for the Mopti region in Northern Mali. Data was collected from 66 communities randomly selected from within food-insecure districts. Study outcomes include household expenditures and food consumption and a proxy for child nutritional status (height measurements).  Program impact was estimated by combining propensity score matching and difference-in-difference. »