COVID-19 in Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic has serious potential negative impacts on food security and nutrition, livelihoods and incomes, and poverty all over the world.
As part of its objective to contribute to better-informed policies to improve food security and nutrition and enhance resilience to shocks, the Food Security Portal is tracking the effects of the global pandemic on food prices, food security, and nutrition and is monitoring domestic and trade policy responses to COVID-19. This page brings together tools and resources, blog posts, and links to other COVID-19 pages for tracking and analyzing the potential impacts of the global pandemic.
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COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker
During the current COVID-19 crisis, some national governments have moved to restrict food exports. This behavior can, in aggregate, have dire unintended consequences for vulnerable people in food-importing countries, increasing prices and exacerbating issues of food insecurity already inflamed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It may also negatively affect producers in the export-restricting countries. Similar trade policies contributed to the 2007-2008 food price crisis; may history not repeat itself.
Africa COVID-19 Food Price Monitor
The Africa Food Price Monitor provides daily updates of prices in wholesale and retail markets for a wide range of food products. Alerts refer to price changes from the start of social distancing measures taken because of COVID-19 and are based on a pre-COVID-19 reference price.