What Triggers Extreme Food Insecurity? A Causal Analysis of Climate Hazards, Conflicts, and Famines in Somalia

03. July 2024 | 2 – 4pm | Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn

The event will be held as a hybrid format - prior registration is requested

Few countries in the world are more affected by food insecurity than Somalia. The country in the Horn of Africa is considered a "failed state" and is one of the poorest societies in Africa. Reliable data from Somalia is scarce, but the United Nations World Food Program estimates that more than four million people are starving.

The reasons for the hunger are complex. In addition to political instability and armed conflicts, Somalia is located in a region of the world that is particularly threatened by climate change. Climate shocks affect local ecosystems. In the form of droughts and floods, they destroy harvests and thus the livelihoods of millions of people

Special scientific methods are needed to make the problems in a country like Somalia measurable at all. For example, the use of georeferenced data or the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) can provide important information about the extent and distribution of food shortages.

In his presentation, Dr. Sergio Tezanos, Professor at the University of Cantabria and CASSIS Fellow, will highlight the applications of these methods and the wider context of the situation in Somalia. Afterwards, Dr. Heike Baumüller from the Center for Development Research and Dr. Tekalign Sakketa from the German Institute of Development and Sustainability will join the discussion.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Center for Development Research University of Bonn (ZEF), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

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Procedure

Welcome remarks

Susanne von Itter – Executive Secretary of EADI

Dr. Rogelio Madrueño – CASSIS-Fellow


Lecture

Dr. Sergio Tezanos – Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), and CASSIS-Fellow


Discussants

Dr. Heike Baumüller – Senior Researcher. Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Dr. Tekalign Sakketa – Senior Researcher. German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Afterwards: Q&A session with students and the public


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