Conflict and Hunger

Date posted: Thursday 05 May 2022

ELCA World Hunger’s program director of hunger education, Ryan Cummings, has a five-part series of posts related to hunger and conflict. The continuing conflict in Ukraine has made us more aware of the long-term consequences of war and that what that will mean for our global food system and for food security all around the globe.


We often tend to think of climate change, economic poverty and perhaps migration as being the drivers of hunger but the biggest single cause of food crises around the world is conflict. Conflict and hunger need to be addressed in tandem for any solution.


Here are the blogs which will help you understand more:

  • Conflict and Hunger Part I: How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Food Security?
  • Conflict and Hunger Part II: Food Production
  • Conflict and Hunger Part III: Food Access
  • Conflict and Hunger Part IV: Food Utilization
  • Conflict and Hunger Part V: Stability


They can all be accessed at


Information in these blogs provide important reasons why ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response work together. Companion churches and partners are vital to cooperative work for both immediate and long-term responses to conflict and hunger. Providing support for refugees as well as internally displaced persons does not end when the last weapons are laid down.


We continue to pray for an end to the Ukrainian conflict as well as other conflicts around the globe. But we acknowledge that there will be far-reaching and long-term consequences and ask God to guide us to be a part of partnering with our global neighbors continuing to work for peace and justice everywhere in God’s world.


-Vernita Kennen

Incarnation, Shoreview