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28 Sep 2017 description

Mervyn Piesse
Research Manager
Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme

Key Points

  • The Lake Chad basin suffers from multiple security stressors, including widespread unemployment, poverty and conflict. Rising food and water insecurity exacerbates the tensions that arise from these stressors.

  • Food and water insecurity contributes to a general belief that the state is incapable of bettering the lives of disadvantaged people. Groups that are opposed to the state are able to use this belief to their advantage.

31 May 2013 description

The leadership of the Association of South-East Asian States (ASEAN) must reconsider the predicament of the Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar), as it is rapidly becoming a regional issue. ASEAN is aware that the issue endangers the group’s stability, but has not developed a joint position.

Background

26 Jul 2012 description

Aida Mliga
Research Assistant
Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme

Key Points

  • Tanzania’s food and water security is at risk due to many factors, rapid population growth and poverty chief among them.

  • Current strategies undertaken by local and international institutions to counter the risks are having varying levels of success.

  • Investment in biofuels, in some cases, is negatively impacting local communities through insufficient compensation and unmet employment promises.

02 Mar 2012 description

By Gary Kleyn
Manager
FDI Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme
gkleyn@futuredirections.org.au

Background

India is expected to pull in a record crop this year, following favourable rains. Estimates suggest that foodgrain output could reach more than 250 million tonnes, with rice reaching 100 million tonnes for the first time. The wheat output will top the government forecast, with a record 88 million tonnes expected. Yet, food insecurity remains.

Comment

02 Mar 2012 description

By Paula Hanasz
FDI Associate
Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme

Key Points

  • Increasing development and water consumption in upstream Afghanistan negatively affects water supply to Iran, thereby exacerbating latent tensions between the two countries.

  • Iran perceives the construction of hydroelectric dams on the Afghan side of the basins as a direct security threat.

03 Feb 2012 description

Purpose

The fifth workshop series, hosted by Future Directions International’s Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme, examined the role of science, technology and innovation in averting any future food crises. In November 2011, meetings took place in Sydney, Canberra and Perth.

The meetings sought to answer the following question:

“What role can Science, Technology and Innovation play in increasing food yields and overcoming food shortages or oversupply?“