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Food and security

Food and security
Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report. Conflict is a key driver of hunger—60 per cent of the world’s hungry live in conflict-affected areas. Hunger also drives conflict as it fuels longstanding grievances and disputes over land, livestock and other assets. Thus, as the world pursues a peaceful future, the role of access to food—with its vital and far-reaching impact on security—remains fundamental.

The key pillars of the collaboration between SIPRI and WFP include improving the evidence base of the food and security relationship; operationalizing findings in current and future programmes—particularly those in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 16; and developing policy that clearly articulates WFP’s contribution to sustainable peace and conflict prevention. 

Research staff

Dr Gary Milante is the Director of Studies, Peace and Development.
Dr Caroline Delgado is a Researcher in the Peace and Development Programme at SIPRI.
Dr Suyoun Jang is a Researcher with the Peace and Development Programme.
Sonia Abaei is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Peace and Development Programme.