On January 19, a team from IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division will present research on the correlations between food security, poverty, and conflict in the Arab world. A live stream of the event will be available on the IFAD webcast site at 9:00am CET (+1GMT), or 3:00am EST (GMT -5). Archived video will also be made available following the event.
The IFAD-IFPRI Policy Seminar will be the first of an Arab development series, Decreasing Vulnerability to Conflict in MENA through Rural Development, and is part of the lead up to the international conference, Food Secure Arab World: A Roadmap for Policy and Research, taking place in Beirut, Lebanon, February 6-7, 2012.
The initial policy seminar will explore key elements for development in Arab countries and make recommendations on policy priorities, but even more intriguing are the links between development and conflict in Arab countries. Taking a close look at conflicts in relation to drought, the researchers will explore the how climate adaptation and rural development strategies might improve resilience to conflicts in countries like Somalia.