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Resilience, Food & Water Security Amidst Conflict & Violence

Duke University is partnering with the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) to produce deliverables across four workstreams:

  1. Conflict and Water toolkit – This toolkit will include a 1) summary of key issues; 2) examples of successful programming and lessons learned from water and conflict integration; and 3) programming options.
  2. Toolkit for action for Feed the Future programming amidst fragility, conflict and violence – This toolkit will focus on the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative: the Feed the Future (FtF) program first launched in 2010 by the Obama administration. It will include at least three sections: 1) Considerations and recommendations for mainstreaming conflict and violence in FtF programming; 2) Definitions, Tools & Resources (including Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning [MEL]); 3) Programming Examples (including detailed examples for programming).
  3. Food System Conceptual Framework: A Companion Guide – This companion guide will further flesh out the conceptual framework and provide guidance on how to think about food systems in the context of fragility, conflict and violence.It will include the following sections: 1) Key trends/dynamics in fragile, conflict affected and violent contexts; 2) Discussion on how these trends intersect with the food system, with examples and discussion of each component to the food system conceptual framework; 3) Key examples on what is different and what this means for programming when aiming to strengthen the food system in fragile, conflict affected and violent contexts.
  4. Resilience and Food Security Conflict Integration Guide – This deliverable is focused on the experiences of USAID staff implementing resilience, food and water programming in conflict zones. It includes at least three sections: 1) Practical links and resources on conflict integration; 2) Examples of successful programming for peacebuilding and conflict integration; and 3) Guidance on programming and measurement, including USAID lessons learned.



Core Duke Team:

  • Erika Weinthal, PI, Nicholas School for the Environmental at Duke University
  • Ekta Patel, PhD candidate in environmental policy and politics at Duke University
  • Jack Daly, Deborah Hill, Sarah Zoubek, Norbert Wilson, Kelly Brownell at the Duke World Food Policy Center

Duke WFPC Advisory Team:

  • Soji Adelaja, Michigan State University
  • Sarah Bermeo, Duke University
  • Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
  • Geoff Dabelko, Ohio University
  • Jess Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University