In 2020 and 2021, governments in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region allocated significant resources to cushion the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic on their people.
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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