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Eradicating Hunger, Achieving Food Security Will Help Prevent Conflicts

Inter Press Service: Hunger, a Matter of Global Security
Enrique Yeves, director of corporate communication at FAO

“…Eradicating hunger is … not only a moral obligation, but something vital to guarantee a future for all of us. Improving food security can help to construct a sustainable peace, and even prevent future conflicts. We know that action promoting food security can help to prevent crises, mitigate their impact, and foster post-conflict recovery. It is clear that for us to prevent conflicts we must address their root causes, and amongst these are hunger and food insecurity. … International efforts towards peace will be more effective if they include measures to build resilience in families and rural communities, since it is they and their livelihoods that conflicts harm most. However, to achieve all of this, hunger, at the heart of a great number of conflicts, should be considered a matter of world security” (5/11).

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