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Food Security, Violent Conflict and Human Development: Causes and Consequences

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  • Philip Verwimp

    (ECARES Solvay School, ULB)

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This chapter argues that the effect of violent conflict on food security can best be understood by analysing how conflict affects the command over food of the average farm household. This occurs via its effect on the income sources of the farm household in combination with its effect on the local food chain and the political system. Policy makers should focus on vulnerability to food deprivation during conflict, on the long-term consequences of conflict for human development and on innovative insurance mechanisms to maintain adequate levels of food intake and to prevent violent conflict.

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  • Philip Verwimp, 2012. "Food Security, Violent Conflict and Human Development: Causes and Consequences," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2012-016, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rac:wpaper:2012-016
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    4. Patricia Justino, 2010. "War and Poverty," HiCN Working Papers 81, Households in Conflict Network.
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    Keywords

    Violent conflict; food security; human development;

    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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