This report looks at the state of food security in 2010, focusing on countries that face a high and persistent incidence of hunger as well as difficulties in meeting the Millennium Development Goals — defined as being in protracted crisis, or containing areas in crisis. This includes 22 countries that represent 20 per cent of the world's undernourished people.

The report highlights common features of areas in protracted crisis, why they deserve special attention, and the assistance they receive from governments and the international community. Development assistance for most of these countries is less than what least-developed countries receive on average, with agriculture receiving 3–4 per cent of funds despite its important role in supporting livelihoods.

Recommendations for providing more effective and lasting assistance for people living in these areas are outlined in the report. They include further analysis of coping mechanisms to better understand how their resilience can be strengthened; protecting and rebuilding livelihoods, which includes providing support to institutions that work towards that goal; and undertaking a review of external assistance so that it matches the needs and institutional constraints on the ground.


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