Rural development and food security are crucial
Key to achieving this is the protection of and investment in rural livelihoods, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
"Rural development and food security are central to the global response to the refugee crisis. War causes hunger and hunger too, kills and forces people from their homes," he said.
"Whether living in camps or finding themselves on the move, people are in a particularly vulnerable situation. The world needs to give a comprehensive response that offers hope and concrete solutions to refugees, and this response must consider their present and future food security, and the rehabilitation of their rural livelihoods."
"Supporting agricultural based livelihoods can contribute to both helping people stay on their land when they feel safe to do so and to create the conditions for the return of refugees, migrants and displaced people," added Graziano da Silva.
"Most of the displaced hope to return to their lands as soon as the conflict is over, but the impacts of conflict on food security often last long after the violence has subsided," he said.
Agriculture continues to be the backbone of livelihoods for the majority of people in conflict and post-conflict situations. ■