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Making the most of intra-African trade: Insights from the 2021 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor

Sep 21st, 2021 • by JULIE KURTZ

This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting livelihoods, and the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) now beginning to influence food flows, agricultural trade in Africa is in a state of flux, with both challenges and opportunities. While AfCFTA implementation has begun, some crucial negotiations remain to be completed, and the full scope of its impact is not yet clear.

COVID-19-induced disruptions of school feeding services exacerbate food insecurity in Nigeria

Aug 6th, 2021 • by KIBROM A. ABAY, MULUBRHAN AMARE, LUCA TIBERTI, KWAW S. ANDAM AND MICHAEL WANG

This blog post originally appeared on IFPRI.org and is part of a special series of analyses on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national and global food and nutrition security, poverty, and development. The blog series is edited by IFPRI director general Johan Swinnen and A4NH director John McDermott.

 

The world is not on track to end hunger: 2021 SOFI report released

Jul 19th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

Our window of opportunity for achieving SDG 2 — eradicating hunger and malnutrition and ensuring access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food for all by 2030 — is closing rapidly. However, far from moving closer to that goal, the world has seen a resurgence of hunger and food insecurity.

Survey: COVID-19’s varied impacts on fresh fruit and vegetable supply chains in Senegal

Jun 16th, 2021 • by ANNA FABRY, KAAT VAN HOYWEGHEN, HENDRIK FEYAERTS, IDRISSA WADE and MIET MAERTENS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senegal declared a state of emergency on March 23, 2020, followed by a range of policy measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus: Transport was significantly restricted, wet markets were closed, and shops were required to limit their hours. These moves disrupted food supply chains, in particular those of highly perishable products such as fresh fruits and vegetables (FFV).

Ethiopia’s social safety net effective in limiting COVID-19 impacts on rural food insecurity

Jan 28th, 2021 • by KIBROM A. ABAY, GUUSH BERHANE, JOHN HODDINOTT and KIBROM TAFERE

The COVID-19 pandemic is undermining food and nutrition security on a global scale. IFPRI estimates show that globally, 80-140 million people were at risk of falling into extreme poverty in 2020, more than half in Africa south of the Sahara. The World Food Programme estimated that globally, the number of people facing acute food insecurity could double in the same period. These impacts—stemming from lost incomes due to lockdowns, fear of exposure, and medical expenses, as well as disruptions in food markets and value chains—are severely testing social protection systems in many countries.