Decreasing Vulnerability to Conflict in NENA through Rural Development

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:28 Written by 
  • Location(s): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Near East and North Africa, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Agriculture , Food Security
  • SDG(s): 2. Zero Hunger
  • Locations of Agro Solutions: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Near East and North Africa, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Types of Agro Solutions: Solution
  • Themes in Agro Solutions: Agriculture , Food Security
  • SDGs in Agro Solutions: 2. Zero Hunger
  • Locations in the Arab States: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Near East and North Africa, Oman, Iran, Mauritania
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Agriculture , Food Security
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 2. Zero Hunger
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution

The project contributes to assessment of potential links and roles between conflict, food security/poverty and rural development on the basis of an innovate methodological framework which applies quantitative and qualitative methods at the regional, country, and project levels of analysis.

The advantage of the multi-level approach is also to explore how policy conclusions derived at the local level could be reasonably scaled up to deal with national and regional security concerns. Such a multi-level assessment has also materialized in a multi-layer visualization tool of the data (Arab Spatial) that is provided as a public good online ( for further analyses on the NENA region. 

As a result from the cross-country, national and project-level analyses, IFAD/IFPRI has produced and disseminated several policy papers: 

  • Does food security matter for conflict in Arab countries? The case of Arab Exceptionalism
  • Local warming and violent conflict in North and South Sudan
  • Extreme weather events and civil war in Somalia
  • Managing transition in Yemen
  • Tackling Egypt`s food insecurity in times of transition.

The most replicable outcome achieved is the Arab Spatial interactive tool, which aims to improve access to quality information to support decision-making and policy-making in the Arab world. It provides access to data on macro-economic and governance; trade; agriculture, water, and energy; poverty, health, nutrition, and access to services; and much more. It is also possible to retrieve detailed information at the regional, national, subnational, and pixel level. Arab Spatial 2.0 is intended only as a start. The goal is to expand this tool to include more information, for example, on government and international organizations` development projects, including those in other regions. The rationale for Arab Spatial 2.0 is that improved data quality and open access can help policy-makers and researchers better understand how to decrease vulnerability, fight against food insecurity and poverty, and ultimately bring better lives to people in the Arab world.

The Arab Spatial tool is an outstanding solution that analyzes food availability, accessibility, stability and utilization, and the resulting nutritional status of individuals. These dimensions of food security are related to the macro-economy, developments in key sectors and governance; population, access to services, poverty, nutrition and disease; and external shocks and interventions. Moreover, it includes: 

  • A gallery of downloadable and pre-made graphs that tells narrative stories about Arab nations` development and food security;
  • Customized analytical tools that allow users to compare and explore data by indicators, regions, year, and download the results;
  • New multi-layer maps that dynamically track IFAD development projects geographically in the context of more than 200 food security and development indicators;
  • Enhanced user experience with simpler navigation and greater interactivity; and A new Iraq spatial customized for more targeted and detailed country-level information. 

Partners: IFAD and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), including the beneficiary countries in the NENA region, specifically Egypt, Gaza and the West Bank, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen 

Contact details: 
Abdelkarim Sma 
Country Program Manager 
Via Paolo di Dono 44 
00142 Rome, Italy 
Tel. +39 06 5459 2500 
Fax + 39 06 5459 3500 
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