FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO (2021) projected that the number of hunger increased in 2020 due to COVID-19 Pandemic and reached up to 811 million people throughout the world. In the same report, it is stated that Asia (418 million) and Africa (282 million). represent two regions with the largest undernourished populations. In addition, one out of three people in the world (2.37 billion) face food insecurity in the same year.
Waqf for Food Security: A Critical Assessment from Existing Studies
Since food represents as basic need for everybody, issue of its security represents a global threat for humanity. This fact is represented in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 which aim to end hunger and achieve food security. Currently, majority of developing countries are facing issue of food security and need way out. Current study, which adopts qualitative approach, aims to critically assess the existing proposed models. It identifies 19 existing studies that attempted to propose a solution using Islamic social finance, specifically waqf. While several provided interesting and ideal models to address the main issue on food security, most are normative without considering the existing regulatory framework, local context, and ecosystem in the respective countries. This study provides assessment summary to identify main takeaways to improve relevant policies and enhance future studies in this area. It is expected that waqf can open transformative actions in providing solution of food insecurity.
Keywords: Food Security, Sustainable Development Goal, Waqf, Zero Hunger
 Founding Director of Waqf Center for Indonesian Development and Studies (WaCIDS). Corresponding author. Email: email@example.com
 Waqf Center for Indonesian Development and Studies (WaCIDS), UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta
 Waqf Center for Indonesian Development and Studies (WaCIDS), Head of Islamic Economic Doctorate Program, Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Airlangga
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