How men with guns aggravate global hunger (The Economist)
- Impact Area
The article quotes IFPRI senior research fellow Joseph Glauber who said that the deal has always been “one rocket away from termination.”
“Farmers need peace to produce,” says David Laborde, senior research fellow, IFPRI. Where war rages, fields are burned, cattle are slaughtered and farmers are drafted. Armies grab fuel, leaving little to power tractors and irrigation systems. Roads become hazardous. In DRC, where dozens of armed groups plunder and rape, local women “might not want to walk five minutes down the road to sell [their] food,” observes Laborde.