Farming First TV interviewed Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Head of 2020 Initiative at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to uncover what the concept of resilience really means.
“We are currently spending a lot of resources on coping with shocks.” Pandya-Lorch commented. “Can we spend resources that allow you to build up your capacity to anticipate shocks? It’s a question of where are the resources best spent?”
As well as citing the most common shocks that threaten the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations, such as natural disasters, disease and conflict, Pandya-Lorch also explained who should be responsible for building the resilience of these people, so they can “bounce back” to an even better place than before.
“There has been a tendency until now to see resilience as the humanitarian field. I think one needs to look at is as a current running through humanitarian, to development, to long term economic growth and human wellbeing; cutting across sectors.”
Watch the whole interview at Farming First TV.