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Poverty

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.

 

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.