News & Analysis: Food security

Crowdsourced data reveals threats to household food security in near real-time during COVID-19 pandemic

“Most food price tracking systems aggregate data that may miss short-term price spikes in specific locations—information that could be used to target relief. Researchers from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture describe the development of a crowdsourcing tool for collecting real-time local price data.”


COVID-19 Food Distribution Moves to Todee District (Liberia)

“The World Food Programme and partners have distributed food rations in rural Montserrado targeting over 19,600 households in 36 communities in 8 clans of Todee District, Liberia.”

via Liberian Observer

Redesigning Urban Markets Post-COVID-19

“Across the world, policies have been unable to quarantine inequalities. As African cities rebuild their economy, the urban market, formal or informal, can be the space that brings people together, creates employment and adds life to the city.”

via Inter Press Service News

Universal basic income helped Kenyans weather COVID-19 – but it’s not a silver bullet

“The ability to access income supplements clearly helped people weather the pandemic. It also leads to people taking risks, but was not able to protect the income from these investments during the crisis. In a pandemic, it may be important to protect these incomes as well, so perhaps larger one-time cash transfers may also be needed.”

via The Conversation

Leaving no one behind: Vulnerable communities need smarter strategies to adapt to a changing climate future

“The effects of climate change are felt more keenly by poor communities already facing the double burden of poverty and low development. Thus, climate change policies must be created keeping their unique vulnerabilities in mind and helping them build resilience. “

via International Growth Centre

Sierra Leone locked down early to contain COVID-19, but at a high price

“Sierra Leone locked down early and appears to have COVID-19 under control. But the country has paid a very high economic price, with the vast majority of people missing meals or eating less. Researchers warn that if the virus begins to spread again, these sacrifices may be hard to justify and replicate.”

via International Growth Centre

The Double Threat of COVID-19 in Africa

“Evidence from past epidemics and initial reports from COVID-19 suggest that the greatest threat of COVID-19 in Africa will be indirect—arising from disruptions in health-care delivery and not from the disease itself.”

via Think Global Health

Are warnings of a COVID-19 famine in Africa overblown?

“Alarm bells have been ringing for months that COVID-19 could push fragile African countries ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine as jobs are lost, local markets close, and poverty deepens.”

via The New Humanitarian

Impacts of COVID-19 on food systems and poverty in Nigeria

“While food systems were exempt from most ‘lockdown’ policies, they were not immune to the effects of COVID-19. Protecting food supplies should be a priority alongside government efforts to address the health consequences of the pandemic.”

via Advances in Food Security and Sustainability

COVID-19 increased Nigerians’ health awareness

“A health and wellness expert, Ms Chiamaka Oragwu, said that COVID-19 increased people’s awareness about their health and the need to stay healthy. ‘Before COVID-19, a lot of people were ignorant about their health, but when the virus came with intensity, people began to buy fruits and vegetables,’ Oragwu says.”

via Vanguard