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Occasional Paper 24 - Food Insecurity and Violent Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Addressing the Challenges

This paper provides an overview of the link between food insecurity and violent conflict, addressing both traditional and emerging threats to security and political stability. It discusses the effects of food insecurity on several types of conflict, and the political, social, and demographic factors that may exacerbate these effects. It then discusses the interventions that can break the link between food security and conflict, focusing on mechanisms that can shield consumers and producers from food price shocks. Finally, it discusses ways in which the international community can assist in breaking this link and build peace.