Re: Mainstreaming Food Security into Peacebuilding Processes

Adam Kabir Dickinson IAFN-RIFA, Costa Rica
17.01.2014

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this discussion.

As an organization involved in community-based solutions to food security and environmental protection, IAFN sees the importance of long-term, locally adapted plans for food security as a key to mitigating the impact, and contributing to the prevention of conflict situations brought about by resource scarcity.

Environmental factors often play a role in the duration and severity of conflicts, and as such reducing environmental vulnerability plays an important role in crisis management. Thus, food security programs that address food production as well as environmental protecftion can have desirable benefits in terms of easing resource struggles through the provision of environmental services. 

IAFN's work puts an emphasis on communities facing food security challenges by implementing agroforestry systems that will improve food production while also reducing environmental vulnerability, for example through the protection of watersheds. By emphasizing environmental resilience and community governance alongside food security, communities find themselves better-equipped to deal with conflict situations.

To learn more about IAFN and our work, please see www.analogforestry.org.