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How should we measure food security during crises? The case of Nigeria

Feb 21st, 2021 • by Jonathan Lainsharad and Tandontara Vishwanath

High-frequency monitoring of access to food has become especially important during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Food access in Nigeria, and across the globe, has significantly worsened since the start of the pandemic due to significant disruptions to food supply chains and widespread loss of income.  Poor access to food can have both short- and long-term impacts on health and wellbeing and is thus an important targeting criteria.

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

Feb 1st, 2021 • by Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, and Kibrom Tafere

Multiple studies have documented the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the poor and vulnerable. Over the past decade, rigorous evaluations have shown Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) yielding positive results in addressing household poverty and food insecurity in the low-income districts it targets. As the pandemic suddenly raised economic stresses on poor households, a new study by Kibrom Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, and Kibrom Tefere shows the PSNP has been effective in blunting those impacts.

IFPRI book: What Africa can learn from Asia about agricultural mechanization

Jan 20th, 2021 • by Francesca Edralin

Agricultural mechanization has many benefits for developing countries: It raises productivity and lowers costs, makes supply chains more efficient, and is more environmentally friendly than traditional farming techniques. Mechanization is key for Africa’s agricultural transformation, which must adapt to the needs of urbanizing populations, increased food demand, and rising rural wages.

Addressing Nigeria's Triple Burden of Malnutrition

Jan 13th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

Nigeria continues to face high rates of chronic childhood undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and overweight / obesity: otherwise known as the triple burden of malnutrition. The culprit? Poor dietary quality.


The hidden world of informal African trade: Policy seminar wrap-up

Jan 10th, 2021 • by Timothy Karoff

Millions of people in Africa rely on informal trade for their livelihoods. In some African countries, the share of informal exports nearly surpasses the share of formal exports. Nevertheless, data surrounding informal trade remains scarce. This problem of invisibility makes it difficult for researchers and policy makers to understand the realities of informal trade, including the daily challenges and precarious existence that traders—particularly women—face.