To avoid playing catch-up in urban contexts, food security demands better data

By Kelli Rogers 10 December 2015

Nancy Stetson, special representative for global food security for the U.S. Department of State, shares with Devex the need to ask more questions about food security in urban areas.

Ten years from now, we’re going to have a major problem in countries that are already food insecure if we don’t start looking at migration from rural to urban areas, according to Nancy Stetson, special representative for global food security for the U.S. Department of State.

“What does that mean for food production, livelihoods, what kind of food they’re eating?” she asked. “We need to look at that now before we have to play catch up.”

A critical part of examining this issue is the use of data, but “we’re not asking enough questions” with respect to urban areas, Stetson said. Another is determining long-term food security solutions for conflict areas — something no one entity can do by themselves, she noted.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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