Terrorism and food insecurity

The large foodborne pathogen outbreak sickened over people and took the lives of four children.

Terrorism and food insecurity

Food, Security, Justice and Peace "A peaceful and stable environment in every country is a fundamental condition for the attainment of sustainable food security. Armed conflicts are enemies of food security. There is a well established correlation between the exposure of countries to external or internal conflicts, and the deterioration or long-term stagnation in their food security.

Most conflicts, and especially the internal conflicts that have now become the dominant model of mass violence, mainly affect rural areas and their populations. They disrupt food production through physical destruction and plundering of crops and livestock, harvests and food reserves; they prevent and discourage farming; they interrupt the lines of transportation through which food exchanges, and even humanitarian relief, take place; they destroy farm capital, conscript young and able-bodied males, taking them away from farm work and suppress income earning occupations.

The impact of conflicts on food security often lasts long after the violence has subsided, because assets have been destroyed, people killed or maimed, populations displaced, the environment damaged, and health, education and social services shattered; still more awesome are the landmines which litter agricultural land, kill and cripple people and deter them from farming for years -even decades- after all violence has ceased.

Terrorism and food insecurity

The last 15 years have seen a large number of food emergencies arising from both natural and human-induced factors. The number of food emergencies has fluctuated from between 20 and 30 in most years, but has tended to increase during the s, particularly during the latter part of the decade.

This increase has been associated primarily with a rise of conflicts. Figure 1 shows a discernible shift in the causes of food emergencies. Whereas human-induced disasters contributed to only about 10 percent of the total emergencies inby the end of the century they were a determining factor in more than 50 percent of cases.

Trends in causes of food emergency Source: The most important impacts of all conflicts, and of all natural disasters, are the suffering, injury and death of men, women and children 1.

Yet, direct material losses are also important, for they undermine the ability of conflict survivors to subsist and recover. This is most obvious in agriculture, where the destruction of crops and livestock results, at best, in reduced food security and at worst, in famine and death.

Smallholder agriculture - the basic livelihood of the rural poor - is usually hit the hardest; small farmers and the already poor often lose the few assets and tools they have, joining the masses of hungry population. The economic losses, social disturbance and the disruptions to food supply and access associated with conflicts can be disastrous, especially in low-income countries where there are no effective social safety nets.

A recent attempt at measuring conflict-related agricultural output losses for all developing countries showed that they are extensive: This can be compared with the costs of raising nutrition to minimum required levels: A decrease in undernutrition on such a scale would outstrip the combined impact of all food aid.

In both the s and the s, conflict-induced losses in developing countries exceeded the value of total food aid of all types to those countries. Losses in agricultural output resulting from conflict in developing countries, Source: While conflicts are the underlying cause of acute or lasting food insecurity situations in many countries, it is equally true that socio-economic inequities and inequalities, systematic ethnic discrimination, denial of human rights, disputes over political participation or long-standing grievances over the allocation of land and other resources, are critical factors that may lead to the outbreak of conflicts, often in combination with poor-governance, exploitation by unfettered ambition or greed.

In addition to addressing conflicts when they mature and erupt, at a dramatic human and economic cost, responding to their root causes is a crucial contribution toward the preservation of peace.

Sustainable development, by redressing the inner causes that make society a fertile terrain for conflict, including food insecurity, poverty and lack of human development in its various dimensions, is a building stone for peace.

It is obvious, however, that sustainable development cannot take place in the midst of actual or potential conflict, and that protracted conflicts destroy the achievements of development. The changing nature of conflicts 5. The downturn in world military expenditure that had followed the end of the cold war came to an end by The nature of conflicts has changed markedly in the late part of the twentieth century.

The state-against-state model is becoming the exception: Civil wars and conflicts are indeed a major cause of development failure in the developing world, a point that is increasingly being emphasised by aid donors and international agencies 6. Easily tradable natural resources -particularly minerals- can be used to finance warring parties, instead of nurturing development, and "development efforts are not only halted or damaged, but actively targeted and undermined" 7.

Technology has always been used to renovate and diversify the array of weapons and other means of violence used in conflicts. Arms-rich conflict areas and state disruption fuel the dissemination of weapons of all kinds, and the deadly violence of conflicts appears to have escalated with technology.

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However, the spread of small arms is also having devastating effects in disputes over land and pastoral issues, even within countries that are not considered to be in conflict. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in addressing the Security Council on the impact of small arms and light weapons on people and societies throughout the world, underlined:The government's annual accounting of hunger in America reported no hunger in its last outing.

Instead, it found "food insecurity." Likewise, no one is even considering retreating from Iraq. FSM eDigest | March 18, The Reality of Food Terrorism. By Darin Detwiler, rutadeltambor.com Many consider the Jack in the Box Escherichia coli outbreak to be the ‘9/11’ of the food rutadeltambor.com large foodborne pathogen outbreak sickened over people and took the lives of four children.

Abstract. This article investigates the relationship between food insecurity and terrorism for a cross country panel sample. Using an instrumental variable approach, we empirically find that greater food availability is associated with greater incidence of terrorism, but better food access is associated with reduced terrorism activities.

In this paper we identify seven of the most food insecure countries of the developing world according to FAO data. These seven countries fall within both the quartile of developing countries with the highest prevalence of undernourishment and the quartile of developing countries with the highest increase in prevalence of undernourishment within the most recent five-year period recorded by the FAO.

Food insecurity is caused by individuals not having healthy food for their families due to their low income or political and economic condition of the country. In low economic country food insecurity affect the children’s development in many ways.

The article, “Food Insecurity and Terrorism,” is available now, for a limited time on the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy website.

Terrorism and food insecurity
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