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“Food Wars in the Context of Maoist Insurgency”


Shweta Dhoubhadel




The term “food war” refers to the use of hunger and food insecurity as a weapon in armed conflicts through either cutting off food supplies, reducing production capacities, or starving the opposing force. In Nepal, Maoists utilized food warfare techniques in association with fear mongering to coerce people into joining their party, to feed their militia and, to a lesser extent, to weaken the resource base of the opposition.