The vicious cycle between hunger and conflict

A U.N. ambassador is calling attention to foreign wars and their impact on agriculture.

Kim Tom represents the U.S. at the agencies for food and ag. He says that of all the counties we deliver aid to, 65 percent are in some kind of civil conflict.

In some areas, infrastructure is destroyed, manufacturing is stopped, and people are going hungry. Kip calls it a vicious cycle.

“They’re desperate to feed their families and often have nowhere else to turn,” he states. “When people are unable to feed their families they give up hope and without hope... it’s easier to get caught up in extremism, which turns into terrorism threatening our own national security.”

He added that some of the most unstable countries are some of the most food insecure and easing hunger will help promote peace and stability for trade.