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Hunger, food security, stability and peace

Hunger, Food Security, Stability and Peace
Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder

Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report. Conflict is a key driver of hunger—60 per cent of the world’s hungry live in conflict-affected areas. Hunger also drives conflict as it fuels longstanding grievances and disputes over land, livestock and other assets. Thus, as the world pursues a peaceful future, the role of food security—with its vital and far-reaching impact on security—remains fundamental.

The seminar will ask, ‘In what ways is hunger a security risk and how can we work together to address the challenges?’. The discussion will provide an opportunity for SIPRI and the WFP to advance the issue on the global agenda and to advocate for food security as a driver of conflict prevention and sustained peace.


David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI

Programme: Coffee will be served at 13.30 and discussion will begin at 14.00.

The event will be live-streamed and available to view on SIPRI's Facebook and YouTube channels.


Registration information

Please confirm your participation by Wednesday, 31 January to Ms Alexandra Manolache, Communications Officer, Tel: 0766 286 133, Email: