is one of the most common
causes of food insecurity and the interface
between food security policy and conflict
prevention requires debate and clarification.
The number and
scale of conflict-related,
food security emergencies
is increasing, and the
role of human-induced conflict
in escalating a natural crisis,
such as a drought, to a food
security emergency has grown
in importance over the last
decade. HIV/AIDS is another important
factor exacerbating natural and human-induced crises.
But while the number of
short-term emergency interventions is increasing and funds are diverted towards
resources for long-term development
aid have stagnated or decreased.
The challenge is to create a new
framework which includes responses to both
short-term emergencies and sustainable food security.
However, while humanitarianism is guided by a clear set of principles,
concepts for longer-term policies and interventions require further development.
The key item on the agenda of this workshop,
"Food security in complex emergencies - building
policy frameworks to address
longer-term programming challenges", was to identify elements for
policy frameworks to enhance
the resilience of food systems
in different emergency contexts
and the role of information in supporting this.
The event was organized by
the FAO Agricultural and Development Economics Division (ESA) from 23-25 September
in Tivoli, Italy and
funded by the European
Commission. It brought together
36 people from 20
agencies, including the UN,
government, NGOs, civil society,
donors and research institutions
from across the world.
FAO's position as a neutral
arbiter of food security information
and as a crucial player in
public information. The Organization
unveiled a new international
portal on food security which
will provide access to information
and online networks to field
practitioners and food security
and policy analysts involved
in designing broader and longer-term