Food Security and Human Development in Africa: Strategic Considerations and Directions for Further Research

Pedro Conceição, Leo Horn-Phathanothai and Anthony Ngororano, UNDP

This paper argues that food security and human development are intricately linked, and that meaningful progress on the one cannot be sustained without concomitant progress on the other.  The paper surveys recent research on various aspects of the linkages between food security and human development and highlights areas where further research would enrich our understanding of the complex interactions and synergies between the two. It concludes by calling for a more systematic investigation of the human development-food security nexus – applying the holistic and multi-disciplinary methods germane to the human development approach – with a view to generating new and practical insights for improving food security and advancing human development in Sub-Saharan Africa.