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An estimated 489 million of 815 million undernourished people live in countries affected by conflict.
An estimated 122 million of 155 million stunted children live in countries affected by conflict.
Food producers and rural workers – 1/3 of world population – are most vulnerable to crisis, conflict and disaster
About 1 in 5 of the world’s hungry were living in countries experiencing protracted crises in 2017.

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Food security and a healthy agricultural sector can play a critical role in preventing conflict and distress migration, and in building peace. In many countries, disasters or political instability have resulted in protracted crises and food shortages.

Rural populations continue to be the most affected in conflicts, as attacks on farming communities undermine livelihoods and force people from their homes. Peace and food security are often mutually reinforcing. Interventions to ensure food security and rehabilitate the agriculture sector must address the root causes of conflict.

FAO has a critical part to play in peacebuilding, restoring rural livelihoods, building resilience, governance matters and participatory approaches to policymaking. The Organization works with countries and partners to develop policy and regulatory frameworks, innovative institutional arrangements, and functional rural organizations that help small-scale producers to overcome social, political and economic barriers.

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FAO Publications

Social protection in protracted crises, humanitarian and fragile contexts

FAO recognizes that scaling-up cashbased programming and risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection systems is a strategic priority in particular to improve food security [...]

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world - Building resilience for peace and food security

This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt [...]

Peace and Food Security - Investing in resilience to sustain rural livelihoods amid conflict

FAO has long been concerned about the impact of war on food security and on how hunger can be one of the driver [...]

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