Country or Region: Global

Sector: Research & Policy Advice

Client: European Parliament

Global hunger and malnutrition have been on the rise again after a previous decade of decline. According to the report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world, between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and social inequalities have been heightened whilst exposing a growing number of people from developing countries to famine-like conditions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for widespread backsliding in progress on food security and nutrition, and has underlined a desperate need across the globe to build greater resilience into aid programs and development policies, to mitigate the effects of future shocks, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected regions & countries.

Against this background, the general aim of the workshop is to explore the role of food security and nutrition as basic interventions in both humanitarian and development policies, while also taking into account specific case studies that can provide insights into the effects of hunger and malnutrition on the ground in developing countries. In addition, the workshop aims to explore the effect that covid-19 pandemic has had on food and nutrition in developing countries, together with the resilience building approaches and the role of the peace-humanitarian-development nexus.

The workshop will support the European Parliament’s Development Committee (DEVE) by providing targeted policy recommendations and insights that enable DEVE to actively contribute to the policy debate on food security in developing countries. Alongside the workshop, we will provide a pair of briefings and summary of the workshop proceedings to aid in policy formulation.