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Sharp increase in food insecurity because of COVID-19, says global food crises report update

Oct 12th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

In 2019, as many as 135 million people across 55 countries required urgent food, nutrition, and livelihood assistance, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises. This was the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. The GRFC’s mid-year update, released last week, takes a look at recent data for 26 of those countries (plus Togo) and specifically examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FAO Food Price Index Reaches Six-Month High

Sep 7th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

The FAO Food Price Index rose for the third consecutive time in August to hit a a six-month high in August. The 2 percent increase was driven by cereals, vegetable oils, and sugar prices

Food market stability: A necessary step for global social and environmental sustainability

Aug 30th, 2020 • by Pablo Elverdin, Martin Piñeiro, Valeria Piñeiro, Estefania Puricelli, Marcelo Regunaga and Federico Villarreal

Think20 (T20) is a G20 engagement group that connects and collaborates with think tanks around the world to provide ideas and recommendations to G20 leaders. This post summarizes the first in a series of seven briefs by the T20 task force on Sustainable Energy, Food, and Water Systems, one of ten T20 task forces for this year’s Saudi Arabia G20 Presidency. First in a series.

Countries Facing Worsening Hunger and Food Insecurity

Aug 15th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

Several countries around the world are experiencing or are expected to experience high levels of severe food insecurity in the coming months, according to new data from the International Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

How food businesses are coping with COVID-19: Findings from recent IFPRI policy seminar

Aug 13th, 2020 • by Swati Malhotra

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the world’s economy, food systems, public health, and nutrition. There is growing concern that this global health crisis could morph into a food crisis, putting hundreds of millions of people at a risk of hunger. A June 30 IFPRI virtual event explored how food businesses are functioning during the pandemic and what might happen in its aftermath.