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Enhancing Food Security In Africa, Asia Requires Investment, Sound Policies, Targeted Interventions

Devex: Opinion: Ending famines and chronic hunger requires good governance
Paul A. Dorosh, director of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s development strategy and governance division

“The United Nations’ urgent call in February for hunger relief for 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria has drawn the world’s attention to the connection between conflict and hunger. While there is no doubt that armed conflicts are a main driver of these hunger crises, more mundane problems such as bad governance and poor public policies also leave many with insufficient access to food and demand attention. Food shortages in peaceful places such as Malawi and Zimbabwe illustrate that good governance, like peace, is a precondition for preventing famine. The historical examples of Bangladesh and Ethiopia provide valuable insight into how to combat chronic hunger through principled governance and sound policies. … Enhancing food security in Eastern Africa and elsewhere in the world will require a multi-faceted set of public and private investments, sound policies, and targeted interventions for especially vulnerable households. The examples of Bangladesh and Ethiopia show it can be done” (6/28).