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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

FAO Food Price Index Reaches 17-Month Low

Jun 5th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

The FAO Food Price Index plunged to a 17-month low in May, driven in large part by sustained negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prices across all sub-indices declined with the exception of sugar prices.

The Quest for Safer Foods: COVID-19 and Dairy Value Chains in Ethiopia

May 15th, 2020 • by Agajie Tesfaye (EIAR), Yetimwork Habte (ESSP-PSI), and Bart Minten (ESSP-IFPRI)

This post originally appeared on IFPRI's Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP) blog.

The share of households consuming dairy products in Addis Ababa has dropped by 11 percentage points since the COVID-19 crisis, seemingly linked to perceived risks of consuming dairy products. All income groups declined their consumption, except for the richest quintile where the share of consuming households changed little.