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Digital Feast and Famine: Digital Technologies and Humanitarian Law in Food Security, Starvation and Famine Risk

June 2022 — By Susanne Jaspars, Catriona Murdoch , Nisar Majid

This working paper presents the findings of a brief exploratory study into the role of digital technologies in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and its implications for starvation and famine risk. It is a work in progress, intended to raise issues rather than reach definitive conclusions (given the short timeframe). As a work in progress it seeks to elicit comments and generate discussion about the advantages and risks of digital technologies in situations of conflict and famine, between (and within) practitioners and policy-makers and lay the groundwork for further exploration and research. It is based on a literature review, and a limited number of (remote) interviews (33), mostly done during the month of March 2022.