Food insecurity is at the core of the many challenges facing the world today. It overlaps with the “three Cs” shaping international politics in the new decade—Covid, conflict, and climate—in complex and profound ways.
On Tuesday, September 14, Plataforma CIPÓ took part in the debate “Covid, Conflict, and Climate: Food Insecurity Today and the Way Forward.” The online event was organized by the Stimson Center and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
CIPÓ Executive Director Adriana Erthal Abdenur drew on the platform’s ongoing research into climate and local peacebuilding in the Amazon Basin and in the Sahel and commented the report Peace Through Food: Ending the Hunger-Instability Nexus. The publication is the outcome of a working group series led by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. It analyzes the relationship between hunger and conflict, and proposes ways to establish food security as a means to promote stability and end conflict.
Brian Finlay, President and CEO, Stimson Center
Kelly McFarland, Director of Programs and Research, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
Chase Sova, Senior Director of Public Policy and Research, World Food Program USA
Adriana Abdenur, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Plataforma CIPÓ
Ron Schoonover, Founder and Principal, Ecological Futures Group
Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Founder and CEO, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies
Barbara Bodine, Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
Johanna Mendelson Forman, Distinguished Fellow, Food Security Program, Stimson Center (Moderator)
On the IDS Working Group:
In spring 2021, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy convened a series of working group meetings with participants representing academia, think tanks, government, international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector. The group mapped out the current state of global food systems, discussed the relationship between hunger and conflict, and sought ways to establish food security as a means to promote stability and end conflict.