ABSTRACT

COVID-19 Working Paper: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Food Security in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Emerging Microeconomic Literature   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Abstract: "This paper reviews preliminary findings from the emerging microeconomic literature on observed changes in food insecurity associated with the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The review complements existing macroeconomic projections of food insecurity, based on expected changes in income and prices, by providing discussions of local-level, microeconomic differences in food insecurity. The review focuses on studies conducted in low- and middle-income countries that include household survey data, measuring food insecurity, collected both before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the authors review eight studies--seven from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and one from India. The authors discuss findings and limitations in this emerging literature, with the goal of informing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key takeaway is that--although most studies in the review find evidence of increasing food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also evidence of resilience (at least in terms of food security) among some subpopulations."

Report Number:
COVID-19 Working Paper No. AP-094
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2021-10
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service: https://www.ers.usda.gov/
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