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Resilient to Drought, Resilient to Conflict

Could building Somalia’s resilience to weather shocks help bring an end to its civil war? That’s precisely what researchers  Jean-Francois Maystadt,  Olivier Ecker, and  Athur Mabiso  discuss in their paper  “Extreme Weather and Civil War in Somalia: Does…


Will food security follow the Arab Spring?

In the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”—a series of demonstrations, protests, and wars that swept through the Arab world during 2010-2011 and toppled several governments in the region—many researchers identified rising food prices and the resulting food…


Food Security and the Arab Awakening

The roots of the “Arab Awakening” run deep. Several factors—political, economic, and sociological—led to the popular uprisings that erupted throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa this decade. Key among these factors was high and volatile…


Do high food prices and droughts fuel conflict?

The following story by Jacopo Bordignon shares highlights from  Chapter 7 of the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, which was authored by  Clemens Breisinger,  Olivier Ecker, and  Jean Francois Trinh Tan  from IFPRI's Development Strategy and Governance…


Building resilience to crises in the Arab world

The following blog story by IFPRI senior researcher  Perrihan Al-Riffai  and Nerina Muzurovic, Knowledge Management Officer at IFAD, was  originally posted on the Arab Food Security Blog. In a well-attended side event titled “ Building Resilience to…


Finding a road to stability in the Arab region

The following story by  Mahmoud Solh, Director General of the  International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), was  originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. The string of upheavals in the Arab region in the…