Conflict: Insecurity and hunger

A report published by FAO and the World Food Programme in July 2016 claims that conflicts have pushed 56 million people into ‘crisis’ or ‘emergency’ levels of food insecurity. This figure encompasses 23%, 50%, and 40% of the populations of Burundi, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. A German study also released in July 2016 found that this number is likely to increase in the 21st century, with an estimated 23% of conflicts between ethnic groups caused by climate shocks, including extreme drought. These findings herald a dire outlook for those countries on the front line of climate change and political tension, including many in Africa (see http://tinyurl.com/jejhjzh).

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.