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COVID-19

A glimpse into the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in rural Kenya

Aug 18th, 2022 • by HARRIET MAWIA

If you look at traffic in Nairobi or go to a market in many parts of Kenya, you might think that COVID-19 is no longer a major problem. Public spaces seem as crowded and bustling as ever. But has the country really, fully recovered from this crisis?

Global Food Insecurity Hits All-Time High: 2022 Global Report on Food Crises Released

May 5th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

In many places around the world, hunger is worse than ever before.

That’s the message of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), released this week. The report paints a grim picture of global food security. Almost 193 million people across 53 countries/territories were acutely food insecure in 2021, up nearly 40 million people from 2020. This number represents a new record and is only expected to worsen throughout 2022.

Urgent Call for Global Action as Food Prices Continue to Rise

Apr 17th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

Last week, the heads of the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, United Nations World Food Program, and World Trade Organization issued a joint statement calling for urgent global action on food security in response to skyrocketing global food prices.

COVID-19, Food Access, and Food Insecurity in Rural Africa

Apr 16th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have wide-ranging impacts on living standards, poverty, food insecurity, and economic stability across the globe. For low-income regions like Africa south of the Sahara (SSA), these impacts are particularly devastating. Many countries in SSA struggled with food insecurity before the outbreak of COVID-19, and the pandemic has only exacerbated those challenges by disrupting domestic food value chains, reducing remittances and other income, and lowering populations’ purchasing power and food access.

Value Chain Resiliency and COVID-19: Results from Ethiopia

Dec 12th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

As Ethiopia’s population has become increasingly urbanized over the past decade, more and more households have come to rely on markets, rather than their own farms, for their daily food needs. This dependence means that well-functioning agri-food value chains have become increasingly vital to food security for much of the population.