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Knowledge Centre for Global Food and Nutrition Security

We support the EU global commitment to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition through a dedicated, reinforced science-policy interface and a fostered inter-policy dialogue.

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COVID-19 and Food and Nutrition Security

Developing the knowledge base on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global food and nutrition security.

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The prolonged Covid-19 pandemic threatens food security and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries:

  • The dimension of food security that has been most affected is accessibility, and more specifically the affordability of food

  • Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated income and wealth inequalities, and in the poorest countries of the world, the impact of covid-19 on poverty is worsening

  • Loss of income combined with higher retail price has disproportionally affected the vulnerable segments of the population, both in rural and urban areas

  • Vulnerable households had to cut down the quantity and quality of their food consumption, increasing food insecurity and malnutrition

  • Millions of children were unable to access school meals

  • Well-functioning social protection programmes can buffer the adverse effects on food insecurity

  • Short food supply chains and the development of e-commerce increase the resilience of food environments


For information related to the EU global response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic:

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