Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

December 16, 2019
Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration.

Our Christian faith calls us to advocate for policies that address the root causes of hunger.


Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

With the effects of climate change, fragile institutions, poor governance, and further complications such as sectarianism, conflict is a major barrier to Bread for the World’s vision of a world without hunger.

The challenges we see today are not new to people of faith. Vulnerable communities are part of the sacred stories highlighted in scripture. Famine and vulnerability of women (Ruth 1-4), political instability (1 & 2 Kings), ethnic oppression (Exodus 1:8-16), and religious persecution (Acts 8) have affected people throughout the ages.

Our God upholds the just cause of the poor (Psalm 140:12). To end hunger around the world, we must advocate for U.S. government policies that put us on a path toward this goal and do not contribute to conditions that increase hunger.

This resource outlines guiding principles for policies that can address conflict, fragility, and hunger.

"Conflict is a main driver of hunger … hunger also contributes to conflict"

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