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Shock Absorbers

Today marks  World Food Day, and despite significant gains in the fight against hunger in recent years, an estimated 842 million people—or 1 in 8 people worldwide—still suffer from chronic hunger. According to the  2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), levels…

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2020 Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

Developing countries, and the vulnerable people who inhabit them, are confronting a barrage of increasingly frequent and intense economic, environmental, and political shocks. There is an urgent need to predict and prepare for these shocks, as well as…

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Pool Rules

When a natural disaster strikes, it takes its toll in lives, homes, and entire cities. What’s more, the costs of reconstruction are not strictly financial—it can also drain other resources geared toward long-term development outcomes such as capacity…

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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…

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How to Secure Food for the World

A series of natural disasters in several food producing countries have lowered current and future production forecasts and driven up prices of many staples central to the global agricultural market. Much of the United States is experiencing the worst…

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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…

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Meeting the Green Economy Challenge in Africa

Ensuring access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and sustainably grown food under a changing climate is a challenge for decisionmakers in Africa. Though adapting to climate change is only one of the issues that will be addressed by Rio+20 negotiators…

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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…

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Risky business

In the drought-prone regions of East Africa and parts of South Asia, a lack of water can be the most damaging factor to a farmer’s bottom line. Agriculture is a particularly high-risk occupation in these regions, and climate shocks such as drought can…

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The fight against hunger cannot be won alone

The following story by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies, was  originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. With 805 million people worldwide…

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