News & Analysis: Food security

Zimbabwe: Lockdown amid COVID-19 surge has no support for people

“With most of Zimbabwe’s population employed in the informal sector, there are fears there could be widespread hunger as the government did not announce any plans to support citizens who will not be able to work during the lockdown.”

via The Africa Report

Building Resilience in Food Systems and Agricultural Value Chains: Agricultural Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Africa

“To contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its widespread impacts, countries have responded by adopting unprecedented policy measures reflecting a mixture of scientific advice and political considerations.”

via African Development Bank

COVID-19 vs. Ebola: Impact on households and small businesses in North Kivu

“Different infectious disease outbreaks can have very different effects, largely unrelated to case numbers of the disease. Moderately lethal but highly transmissible viruses such as COVID-19 can trigger a steep economic downturn, especially in areas with high economic interconnectedness, reflecting both national and international policies to contain the pandemic.”

via World Development

COVID-19 vs. Ebola: Impact on households and small businesses in North Kivu

“Different infectious disease outbreaks can have very different effects, largely unrelated to case numbers of the disease. Moderately lethal but highly transmissible viruses such as COVID-19 can trigger a steep economic downturn, especially in areas with high economic interconnectedness, reflecting both national and international policies to contain the pandemic.”

via World Development

How COVID-19 Disrupted the Livelihoods of Farmers—and Heightened Food Insecurity—in Kenya

In Kenya, COVID-19 restrictions cut off access to agricultural inputs and sowed confusion among farmers. The impacts on food security—and farming livelihoods—could be severe and long-lasting.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19’s Impact on the Agri-Sharing Economy in Africa: An Interview with Hello Tractor’s Folu Okunade

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Folu Okunade, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Hello Tractor, about the pandemic’s impacts on small-scale farming and the burgeoning ‘agri-sharing’ economy in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

In southern Madagascar, ‘nothing to feed our children’

“Mothers are now trying to feed their children with unripe mangoes, and with tamarind mixed with clay. Many children have the spindly legs, reddish hair and pot bellies of malnourishment. Tired, they rest under trees and no longer play.”

via Associated Press

Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions, But Nigerian Farmers Are Still Counting Losses

Lockdown restrictions to mitigate COVID-19 had severe impacts for farmers in Nigeria, delaying planting and increasing the costs of inputs. Abiodun Jamiu reports from Kwara State.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Regions Apart: How South Africa and Nigeria responded to COVID-19

“While both countries have taken extensive economic assistance and recovery measures, the economic impact of the pandemic is unlikely to be eradicated as rapidly as a vaccine is expected to eradicate the disease. In both countries, job losses will no doubt increase existing poverty and inequality and will therefore require urgent attention from government.”

via SAIIA

Lives or livelihoods

“Poorer countries face challenges similar to those of advanced economies, but more acutely because of greater inequality, large informal sectors and difficulties with sanitation and social distancing in cramped informal settlements. That goes along with fragile health systems which have, once again, revealed structural weaknesses during the crisis.”

via SAIIA