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Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa

Supporting the Hidden Middle: How Enabling Midstream SMEs Can Strengthen Agri-Food Value Chains

Feb 12th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the midstream of agrifood value chains—wholesalers, logistics, and processors—play a critical role to food security and value chain transformation. These enterprises help keep food supplies affordable and stable, provide employment and income for millions of rural and urban workers, and improve food quality and safety for consumers. However, in South Asia, Africa south of the Sahara (SSA), and other developing regions, SMEs often don’t play a role in the food system transformation conversation.

How Can We Lower the Price of Fruits and Vegetables? Exploring Ways to Deliver Vouchers to Consumers

Jan 13th, 2022 • by Kate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, Sylvan Herskowitz, and Oleyemisi Shittu

Fruits and vegetables are a key source of micronutrients in diets, and adequate fruit and vegetable consumption can help stave off non-communicable diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults consume 400 grams of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet globally, fruit and vegetable consumption often falls far below that target, and research suggests consumption is particularly low in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Can we monitor climate and food crisis risks in real time?

Jan 10th, 2022 • by Brendan Rice, Rob Vos, Soonho Kim, Grazia Pacillo, Bo Pieter Johannes Andree, Michael Humber, Betina Dimaranan, Yanyan Liu, Peter Läderach, Boram Min, and John Keniston

According to the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC),  155 million people in 55 countries and territories in 2020 faced acute food insecurity and were in need of urgent assistance, the highest number since this type of global reporting started. The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic was an important driver of the recent surge, conspiring with the structural drivers of food crises -- conflict, economic shocks, and weather extremes. These drivers are mutually reinforcing and are expected to intensify in the coming years.

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.

Can urbanization benefit rural populations?

Oct 11th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

Increasing urbanization plays a major role in shifting patterns of food supply and demand and thus in transforming food systems. These transformations carry significant implications for the livelihoods of rural populations, presenting both challenges and opportunities. A new paper published in Food Security examines some of these impacts in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) and South Asia, as well as the enabling environments needed to help rural communities benefit from the changes.