News & Analysis: Food security

Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects

“The combined effects of the drought, COVID-19 and the insecurity upsurge have undermined the already fragile food security and nutrition situation of the population of southern Madagascar.”

via UN News

Kenya Economic Update: Navigating the Pandemic

“Kenya’s economy has been exposed through the dampening effects on domestic activity of the containment measures and behavioral responses, and through trade and travel disruption. Real GDP contracted by 0.4 percent in H1 2020 year-on-year, compared to growth of 5.4 percent in H1 of 2019.”

via World Bank

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

Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 in Four African Countries

“256 million individuals–77 percent of the population in the four countries–are estimated to live in households that have lost income due to the pandemic.”

via World Bank

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