Commitments to action

Fighting Food Crises Along the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus Coalition

International Food Policy Research Institute

Structural institutional fragility, conflict, climate change, and economic shocks exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic are leading to record-breaking levels of hunger and acute malnutrition. The most vulnerable continue to bear the greatest burden of global food crises, which are increasingly complex, multifactor-driven, and protracted in time. Poverty, insecurity, conflicts, natural resource degradation, forced displacement, and food systems’ fragility continue to erode the resilience of vulnerable people.

According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises, conflict was the primary driver of crisis-level acute food insecurity or worse for almost 100 million people, including an additional 22 million people in 2020 alone. The four countries with the highest number of people in crisis-level acute food insecurity or worse – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, and the Syrian Arab Republic – were also among the top five countries with the highest number of internally displaced people. Despite having to contend with their own major displacement crises, eight of the 10 worst food-crisis countries were also hosting refugees/asylum seekers fleeing conflict from neighbouring countries.

Co-led by the g7+, FAO, WFP, and SIPRI, the Fighting Food Crises Along the Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Nexus Coalition brings together a unique combination of actors – member states (affected countries and donors), regional organizations, UN entities, NGOs, research institutions and civil society actors – that place coordination and coherence between HDP actors as central to the achievement of resilient food systems.

The Coalition seeks to:

  • Create the conditions and enabling structures for an approach to food systems resilience in fragile contexts that is comprehensive in addressing challenges at national, regional, and global levels, socially and politically inclusive in its application, and relevant across the humanitarian, development, and peace domains;
  • Strengthen resilience, reduce hunger and enhance the prospects for peace through collaborative efforts designed to prevent, anticipate, absorb, adapt and transform in response to shocks;
  • Strengthen and bring coherence to risk management and food security information systems and critical crisis response and early warning tools in fragile contexts.

IFPRI is prepared to support the coalition as a knowledge partner [having rigorous research and analysis that provides the foundation of evidence necessary for transformation].

Constituency

Member state(s)

Action Area(s)

Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses

Location

Global

Key contact

Olivier Ecker, International Food Policy Research Institute, o.ecker@cgiar.org

Keywords

Food Crises, HDP Nexus, Conflict

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