Food Security and Conflict in Syria
The Department of Environmental Health of the faculty if Health sciences at the American University of Beirut, in partnership with the Syrian Center for Policy Research and the Agricultural, Environment and Health Network.
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB hosted the launch of SCPR report The Food Security and Conflict in Syria, on Thursday, 14th of May 2019, 10 AM to 2:00 PM.
This research aims to analyze the political economy of food security in pre-conflict Syria and the role of public policies in the provision, use and sustainability of food. It will provide a guide to measuring the food security situation in conflict, based on a Population Status Survey, to assess the impact of conflict at the national and local levels. The research examines the demographic, social, economic and institutional determinants of food security during the conflict and provides decision-makers suggestions for policy options that can contribute to addressing the deteriorating food security situation.
Despite the recent decline in armed conflict violence and its triggers persist leading to an accumulation of human, material and institutional losses. These triggers accentuate the exacerbation of injustice and humanitarian needs. The conflict has turned Syria into a country whose population suffers from a severe food crisis in terms of availability, access, use, sustainability, and equitable distribution.
The right to food, in addition to being a basic human need, is the basis for preserving a decent life. The Human Rights Charter states that the human right to adequate and healthy food is an obligation that must be provided to all citizens. The Charter recognizes the importance of an adequate economic, social, and political environment as an essential foundation for food security and the reduction of poverty and deprivation.
This video shows the schedule of launch as follows:
|00:00 – 7:19||Dr. Rima Habib||Chair of the Environmental Health Department at FHS.||Opening the Launching event of the Report Food Security and Conflict in Syria.||English|
|7:20 – 16:52||Ramia Ismail||Researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research.||Introduction to the report and the Methodology.||Arabic|
|17: 00 – 54:11||Rabie Nasser||Researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research.||The political economy of agriculture in pre-conflict, Food Security Index results, and the socioeconomic determinants of food security during the conflict.||Arabic|
|54:30 – 1:04:20||Ramia Ismail||Researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research.||Policy options to address food deprivation.||Arabic|
|1:04:40 – 1:05:40||Rima Habib||Chair of the Environmental Health Department at FHS.||General comments by Dr. Rima Habib, introduce Prof. Martha Mundy.||English|
|1:05:45 – 1:15:10||Prof. Martha Mundy||London School of Economics and Political Science,||commentary intervention and panel discussion.||English|
|1:15:50 – 1:25:06||Dr. Roland Riachi||Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at the American University of Beirut.||commentary intervention and panel Discussion.||English|
|1:25:09 – 2:37:05||Q&A session.||English & Arabic|