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Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development

  • CSIS 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

More than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are facing famine conditions and possible starvation. It has been called the largest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades. Of the $4.9 billion the United Nations desperately needs to respond to these crises, only $2.5 billion has been received. Meanwhile, the humanitarian disaster is deepening, largely due to escalating conflict in each of the four countries.
Humanitarian assistance and international development have different objectives and time horizons, but must work together to respond to the crisis at hand while also preventing the next one from occurring. What role does international development play in building long-term resilience? What are the linkages between conflict, fragility, and severe food insecurity? How can U.S. leadership and international development programming break the cycle of instability and famine?
CSIS is hosting an event with U.S. policy makers, technical experts, and thought leaders to discuss how crises in the four famines contexts, such as conflict, fragility, and severe food insecurity, have unfolded and what needs to be considered in the response. Reception to follow.

Event Details

  • Date: September 6, 2017

  • When: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

  • Where: CSIS HQ