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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.

Food security in the face of COVID-19: Evidence from Africa

Mar 16th, 2021 • by Sydney Gourlay, Akuffo Amankwah, and Alberto Zezza

Food security has been a significant concern for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), even before the onslaught of challenges brought about by COVID-19. As the pandemic started spreading to the region, one concern has been that of its possible impacts on food security, as the crisis has the potential to exacerbate an already fragile food security environment.

The Quest for Safer Foods: COVID-19 and Dairy Value Chains in Ethiopia

May 15th, 2020 • by Agajie Tesfaye (EIAR), Yetimwork Habte (ESSP-PSI), and Bart Minten (ESSP-IFPRI)

This post originally appeared on IFPRI's Ethiopia Strategy Support 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.

How COVID-19 may disrupt food supply chains in developing countries

Apr 16th, 2020 • by Thomas Reardon, Marc F. Bellemare and David Zilberman

This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org blog.

The organization of food supply chains (FSCs) is strongly affected by the level of economic development and factors such as urbanization and globalization. COVID-19 will thus have different impacts on FSCs in poor vs. in rich countries. Tom Reardon, Marc Bellemare and David Zilberman identify these structural differences and draw out the implications of widespread lockdowns and possible policy responses.—Johan Swinnen, series co-editor and IFPRI Director General.

Telecommunications for rainfall monitoring

Feb 27th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

By Noam David, Oliver Gao, and Yanyan Liu

 

The lack of accurate rainfall measurements in developing countries poses problems in monitoring crop yields, which in turn can make it difficult for the providers of rainfall-based index insurance to gauge risks and set rates accurately.