Tracy Kuo Lin, Rawan Kafri, Weeam Hammoudeh and Tiziana Leone

Food insecurity continues to have far reaching impacts on the lives, health and wellbeing of people throughout the world, particularly in countries experiencing conflict and/or high levels of poverty. Conflict has been shown to be a key driver of severe food crises. Not only are 60 percent of those living with chronic hunger located in countries experiencing conflict, but also the prevalence of undernourishment in conflict-affected low and middle-income countries is between 1.4 to 4.4 percentage points higher on average than countries in the same income category not affected by conflict. In the Palestinian context, the protracted conflict and occupation exert a detrimental impact upon food production and availability. In particular, the occupation impedes food production through restricting access to resources such as agricultural land and water.

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