Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

While it is common knowledge what it means to help individuals, households and communities build resilience and prepare for shocks, IFPRI’s report argues that there is a far less understanding of how to build resilient agricultural and food systems, health systems, social systems, and governance structures that can preempt and better manage different types of shocks.

The recently released book `Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security’ is a follow-up to the 2020 conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” held by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in May 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The book contributes to the body of knowledge on resilience within the context of food and nutrition security. It reviews the conceptual links among resilience and food and nutrition security, hones in on the challenges and opportunities for building resilience against a wide range of shocks, explores how different actors and groups, including communities themselves, build the capacity to be resilient, and adds to the debate on how to measure resilience.

The authors of the book recognise an urgent need to predict shocks, prepare for them, and devise strategies for ensuring resilient agricultural and livelihood systems, institutions, and policies at the community, national, and global levels. 

Some of the questions discussed in the book include: Are shocks becoming more frequent? Why are some communities more resilient than others? What kinds of interventions are needed to move households from vulnerable to resilient? How can people’s food and nutrition security be assured in the face of different shocks? What works to build resilience?

 

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