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Food Access

Sudan’s ongoing conflict disrupts agrifood processing and aggravates unemployment

Dec 18th, 2023 • by Oliver K. Kirui, Khalid Siddig, Hala Abushama, and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse

The continuing conflict in Sudan between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), underway since April 2023, is inflicting devastating impacts on the country’s economy and on livelihoods. Model estimates show that production declines across different sectors have resulted in a loss of about $10 billion to GDP—about a third—as of September.

Southern Africa to Face High Food Prices, Reduced Purchasing Power through 2025

Nov 12th, 2023 • by S. Gustafson

The current El Niño phenomenon is expected to result in rainfall deficits and below-average harvests throughout Southern Africa in 2024, according to a recent alert from FEWS Net. Poor households throughout the region will likely face reduction in livelihoods and income and difficulty purchasing adequate food.

Encouraging Healthy Diets in East Africa: The Role of Food Prices and Consumer Preference

Feb 6th, 2023 • by S. Gustafson

Access to and consumption of healthy diets, including fruits and vegetables, forms a key pillar of food security. Consumption of nutritious foods have been shown to reduce the risks of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease and to cut rates of early morbidity and mortality. Despite these benefits, however, the world’s population continues to overconsume unhealthy foods, such as those high in sugar, fats, and salt, and underconsume healthier foods.

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.

Acute Hunger Continues to Rise Globally: Global Report on Food Crises Mid-Year Update Released

Oct 16th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

Alarming levels of hunger and food insecurity are on the rise across the globe. According to the September 2021 mid-year update to the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), an estimated 161 million people in 42 countries/territories have faced Crisis-level (IPC/CH Phase 3) food insecurity or higher. This number is up from the estimated 155 million acutely food-insecure people reported by the GRFC for 2020.