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2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition Report

Hunger continues to be on the rise in Africa south of the Sahara, according to the 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) Report, released in mid-July.

Impacts of Ghana's COVID-19 Response

By: Sara Gustafson

Current Weather Hazards in West and East Africa

Africa south of the Sahara has faced several weather hazards during the first half of June, according to FEWS.Net.

In West Africa, between June 19 and 25, heavy rainfall followed several weeks of above-average precipitation. This led to flooding in several areas, including parts of Ghana, southern and western Nigeria, eastern Senegal, western Mali, Burkina Faso, and eastern Chad. In the coming 10 days, these and other areas of West Africa are expected to receive continued moderate to heavy rainfall, maintaining increased risks for flooding.

Upgrading Rice Value Chains in West Africa

By: Sara Gustafson

In the wake of the 2008 food price crisis, many policymakers and development practitioners shifted their focus toward enhancing the capacity and resilience of domestic food value chains. In West Africa, this new focus centered on rice. Since rice constitutes a leading staple food source in the region, it was hoped that increased investment in this area would increase domestic rice production and reduce reliance on imports, thus improving food security.

Food, Nutrition Insecurity Risk Could Rise in Ethiopia

By Kalle Hirvonen, Gashaw Tadesse Abate, and Alan de Brauw

 

Poor Diets Driving Malnutrition in Nigeria

In recent decades, the amount of calories available to the average Nigerian on a daily basis has increased significantly. Despite this progress, however, the country continues to battle high levels of malnutrition of varying types. According to a recent research brief, a lack of dietary diversity and dietary quality may be to blame.

Impact of COVID-19 Border Policies

This piece originally appeared on IFPRI.org

COVID-19 and Dairy Value Chains in Ethiopia

This post originally appeared on IFPRI's Ethiopia Support Strategy Program (ESSP) blog.

 

The share of households consuming dairy products in Addis Ababa has dropped by 11 percentage points since the COVID-19 crisis, seemingly linked to perceived risks of consuming dairy products. All income groups declined their consumption, except for the richest quintile where the share of consuming households changed little.

Conflict, weather drive acute hunger

An estimated 73 million people in Africa faced acute levels of hunger and food insecurity in 2019, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises, released this week. The continent accounted for 54 percent of the global total of severely food-insecure people. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, developing countries in the region will likely see even further disruptions to food access. These disruptions will compound existing food crises and potentially create new ones.

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