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A developing food crisis and potential refugee movements

At least 30 million people in three African countries and Yemen are experiencing severe food insecurity. To rapidly scale-up international aid, we should acknowledge the systemic risk implied in food insecurity by looking at, for example, potential international refugee movement.

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M.J.P. gratefully acknowledges fellowship support from the Columbia University Center for Climate and Life. M.K. acknowledges financial support from the Emil Aaltonen Foundation funded project ‘eat-less-water’, and the Academy of Finland SRC project ‘Winland’. Thanks to L. P. Nissen and T. Hoffine for their insights.

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M.J.P. designed the research, compiled the food security and asylum-seeker data and estimated the refugee movements and associated food requirement. The paper was written together with contributions from all authors.

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Puma, M.J., Chon, S.Y., Kakinuma, K. et al. A developing food crisis and potential refugee movements. Nat Sustain 1, 380–382 (2018).

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