Integrating displaced communities into food systems

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Global hunger has been on the rise for the past three years, and the plight of hundreds of millions struggling with acute and chronic hunger has resulted largely from conflict: More than half of all undernourished people live in conflict-affected countries.

In 2018, an estimated 41.3 million people were identified as being internally displaced because of armed conflict, and 29.4 million as refugees or asylum seekers. Currently, an estimated 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict-affected areas. These numbers are going up as conflicts have increased around the world.

The relationship between conflict and food insecurity is complex and varied, and all too often it creates a feedback loop of human suffering. Chapter 5 of IFPRI’s 2020 Global Food Policy Report explores this dynamic and outlines policies to build more inclusive food system that address the predicament of displaced people.

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