Title

Can World Peace Be Built on Empty Stomachs?

Authors

Shahriar Kibriya, Yu Zhang and Edwin Price

Publication Year

2011

Abstract

This article attempts to investigate the allocation strategies and efficiencies of foreign intervention/assistance in conflict-prone developing nations. The analysis begins by examining the rationale and disbursements of sectoral foreign intervention to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002-2010.  Assistance for agriculture and food security are extremely low in these conflict zones; however, a panel regression analysis of conflict and sectoral aid provides evidence that agricultural and food security assistance decrease conflict. Food security has a negative effect on intra-country violence, while aid for agricultural development decreases international conflict. Although aid for some sectors increases conflict and/or violence, aid disbursed for most other important sectors do not have a statistically significant negative effect on international conflict or intra-country violence.