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date: 24 March 2019

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Despite demonstrable success in achieving food security, undernourishment persists at an unacceptable level. This chapter studies the governance of food security from the perspective of (limited) statehood: Is the provision of food security affected by limited capacity of states to set and enforce rules and the lack of the monopoly over the means of violence? Can external governance actors compensate for limited statehood and provide for or contribute to food security themselves? If so, how, and under which conditions? The chapter argues that limited statehood undermines the effectiveness of food security governance in at least three ways. First, many governments certainly lack the capacity to provide effective governance structures to ensure agricultural productivity and equal access to food. Second, food insecurity is strongly linked to war and armed conflict. Third, the lack of a monopoly over the means of violence complicates external actors’ governance activities.

Keywords: food assistance, food security, governance failure, hunger, limited statehood, Somalia, undernourishment, violent/armed conflict

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