Long-term solutions were called for to fight the root causes of hunger. This could only be successful if a comprehensive approach was pursued in international cooperation – the development-humanitarian-peace nexus.

Anyone referring to combating the root causes of flight should not only have the war situations in Syria or Yemen, Somalia or South Sudan in mind. Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany, noted that beyond the known conflicts, a “hidden war” was raging – the conflict between herders and farmers. In Nigeria, this conflict had claimed the lives of around 10,000 people over the past few years. The reason was a lack of land, and – more fundamentally – climate change, a phenomenon that “is haunting us at global level”, as von Braun put it. And this phenomenon was man-made, fired for example by the felling of the Brazilian rainforests, which could largely be traced back to Western consumption patterns.

Promoting fair supply chains

The approximately 700 participants agreed that we were capable of feeding the world today and would be in 2050, too.