Rehabilitation of the daily run-off pond in Goumacherom village, Chad to protect fields from flooding and regulate adequate water supply to the crop fields.
Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo

03.04.2019

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The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus is being implemented in different regions from different actors. Our author describes his view and the United Nations World Food Programme’s approach on how to address the most vulnerable in ongoing conflictive and crises situations.

The march towards a well-fed world seemed to be going so well over the past three decades, with annual declines in the number of hungry people. But the past two years has seen progress make a U-turn because of a terrible, toxic mix of conflict, regional instability and the impact of climate change. We need a better path to peace and stability, or we will continue going in the wrong direction. In all these places, I have met many people who worry about food. But nearly every time I have talked to them, what they have asked for first is help creating peace, the kind of peace that will let them live stable lives right in the communities they have always called “home”. These people know instinctively that food security means fewer community tensions, less violent extremism and more mutual co-operation. While hungry people are not necessarily violent, it is clear that persistent hunger also creates the kind of instability that leads to more conflict.

The number of chronically hungry people hit 821 million in 2017, up from 777 million just two years before.

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