As far back as 2000, the Crawford Fund was highlighting the significant link between civil unrest and food security with our annual conference ‘Food, Water and War: Security in a World of Conflict’.
Recently, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, released its 2015 Global Hunger Index, which has found that despite progress in reducing hunger worldwide, hunger levels in 52 of 117 countries remain “serious” (44 countries) or “alarming” (8 countries).
With the Central African Republic, Chad and Zambia found to have the highest hunger levels in the report, it is timely to highlight the nexus between conflict and severe hunger. In contrast, in Angola, Ethiopia and Rwanda, hunger levels have fallen substantially since the end of the civil wars of the 1990s and 2000s.
“We are more confident today than ever before that we can end hunger, provided we do not rest on our accomplishments,” said Shenggen Fan, IFPRI director general (pictured right).
“We must keep pushing, keep partnering, and keep innovating until nutrient-rich foods become sustainably accessible, available, and used by everyone in order to reach their full potential.”
More on the report and its findings are available here.