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Food Security ‘Prominent’ Component Of Sustainable Peace, Development

The Hill: Sow food security, harvest peace
Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

“…Interventions to ensure food security and protect and rehabilitate the agricultural sector have a large and often unnoticed contribution to make, as beyond their obvious role in addressing hunger, they can also help mitigate and even prevent conflicts. Peace and food security are often mutually reinforcing. … Increasing evidence shows that timely and robust food security interventions can enable individuals and communities to build resilience to conflict and hasten their recovery from it. … Sustainable peace is intimately linked to sustainable and let me emphasize sustained development. This requires many ingredients. Food and its production are prominent among them” (3/29).