Food Security

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Food Security

As the world continues to face mounting demographic pressures, food insecurity challenges will persist while the demand for food surges. Increasing urbanization, deteriorating agricultural spaces, and resource scarcity all work to exacerbate economic, political, and social drivers of conflict. Food insecurity requires a dynamic and comprehensive policy approach that reflects the issue’s natural integration of economics, development, and national security at both the domestic and international levels. Stimson’s Food Security program analyzes governance, innovative technology, and public-private partnerships to offer innovative solutions to the transnational threats that food insecurity presents. The Food Security program is part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.

Research and Analysis

May 10, 2019

Featured News Food Crisis Threat Lingers Post-Cyclone Idai

June 20, 2018

It is often said that the history of immigration is the history of cuisine.

March 1, 2018 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

On the eve of the first anniversary the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) of 2016, the Schar School of Public Policy and George Mason University and the Stimson Center convened a group of over fifty experts representing the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the U.S.

December 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman , EXPERT: Lovely Umayam

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Presidential Inbox 2017 — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office.

October 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

We are witnessing a revolution in food.

April 6, 2016 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Conflict Cuisine examines the nexus of food and war.  Included in this study is the practice of culinary diplomacy and gastrodiplomacy by governments and citizens of countries that have experienced war or conflict.

November 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Expo Milan, a World’s Fair whose central theme was feeding the planet, officially closed its doors on Oct. 31, after six months that saw 20 million visitors pass through this once swampy area on the outskirts of the city’s industrial center.

April 22, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Food security as a policy issue has evolved to reflect the dynamism of global events. The increasing attention paid to food’s impact on poverty, humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate change all suggest that food security is a national security concern. 

February 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This is the second in a two-part series of Spotlights documenting Stimson Research Associate Courtney Weatherby’s travel to the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

February 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This is the first in a two-part series of Spotlights documenting Stimson Research Associate Courtney Weatherby’s travel to Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

Budget discipline notwithstanding, elected officials have strong incentives to support wasteful or unnecessary spending as long as it takes place in their states and districts.

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Nancy Langer

Jean Ziegler, the United Nations special rapporteur for the right to food, recently raised blood pressures by dubbing biofuels "a crime against humanity".

November 30, 2012

In July 2012 the National Intelligence Council asked the Stimson Center to examine the role of fisheries in ensuring the food supply and food security of the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and resulting implications for US security interests.

August 9, 2011

By Halae Fuller - The United Nations declared a famine in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of southern Somalia on July 20, thrusting a humanitarian crisis that has been deteriorating for months into the spotlight.
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