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Publication | 31 May 2021

Policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis in the Near East and North Africa – keeping food and agriculture systems alive

Global Food and Nutrition Security

This report is based on an extensive review and analysis of policy decisions made by 19 governments in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region in response to the COVID-19 crisis, from March 2020 to May 2020. The 19 countries and territories are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. A broad range of policy decisions were reviewed based on the Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA) database of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), complemented by information on disruptions of food and agriculture systems and related policy responses provided by the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa and selected FAO Country Offices.