Policy Analysis | COVID-19 and Food Insecurity: Hot Spots Analysis
Exponential growth of food insecurity is of particular concern given reduced incomes, slow food chains or agricultural production, increasing food prices, limited protection of vulnerable groups, increasing political instability, and changes in conflict (FAO & WFP, 2020, p.5). As such, this document highlights countries with projections for high levels of acute food insecurity in the context of COVID-19 to inform response planning and advocacy efforts, with countries of greatest concern highlighted. Secondary data acquired from multiple sources, cross-referenced with existing analyses, were used to select these priority countries.
Recommendations for Policymakers
- Scale up foreign assistance that is flexible and adaptive.
- Support locally-led responses to COVID-19, including faith-based organizations (FBOs).
- Prioritize nutrition, food security, and livelihoods as part of a holistic, multi-sectoral approach.