Dr. Annet Adong

Research themes
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
Research countries
  • Uganda

Masters Degree in Development and Natural Resource Economics

Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics


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Thesis title

Violent conflicts, property rights and food security: Evidence from post conflict and refugee settlements

Thesis abstract

Violent conflict remains a hindrance to development and is one of the greatest threat to food insecurity. Yet developing countries particularly Sub Saharan Africa have faced or continue to face violent conflicts in almost two thirds of the countries in the region. Literature has cited a number of causes of violent conflict ranging from economic factors such as low economic growth to climatic factors associated with climate change and to other goals such as the hunger for power. These and other causes of violent conflict remain highly contested in literature and within academic and policy cycles. Identifying gaps and contested issues in literature will form the introductory chapters of the research: Incentives and disincentives to violent conflict. The study’s focus on post conflict and refugee settlements in Northern Uganda provides a good context for understanding conflicts, property rights and food security for broader policy actions.

The subsequent chapter fills in the missing gap in empirical as well as qualitative analysis of the impact of violent conflict on food security through its undermining of property rights on land. There is increasingly a desire to have the impacts of conflict and behavior of individuals affected by conflict to be analyzed at a micro level and this will be reflected in this chapter. The subsequent section dwells into the limitations of women to participate in the labor market in post conflict settings. People transitioning to peaceful existence should be accompanied by improved livelihood opportunities, nevertheless women may face limitations that affect their transitions and this section will dwell on this.

Lastly, the last two sections shift focus to refugees and the challenges they may face in intergration with the host communities. It focuses on the land distribution program in Northern Uganda refugee settlements and the impact it has had on food security as well as the leakages of the program regarding targeting of beneficiaries. The other section dwells into the behavioural responses of the host community towards the refugees and we hypothesize that host communities may be altruistic to refugees in anticipation of increased opportunities for cooperative action.

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Annet Adong

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ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change