Research for Policy and Practice Report

The Impact of Covid-19 on Livelihoods and Food Security

Published on 30 June 2021

Studies of livelihoods and food systems since the start of the global pandemic in 2020 have shown a consistent pattern: the primary risks to food and livelihood security are at the household level.

Covid-19 is having a major impact on households’ production and access to quality, nutritious food, due to losses of income, combined with increasing food prices, and restrictions to movements of people, inputs and products. The studies included in this Research for Policy and Practice Report and supported by the Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Programme span several continents and are coordinated by leading research organisations with a detailed understanding of local food system dynamics and associated equity and livelihood issues in their regions:

  • the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • supporting small and medium enterprises, food security, and evolving social protection mechanisms to deal with Covid-19 in Pakistan; and
  • impact of Covid-19 on family farming and food security in Latin America: evidence-based public policy responses.

This R4PP is available in English, French, and Spanish.

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Thompson, J.; Ndung’u, N.; Albacete, M.; Suleri, A.Q.; Zahid, J. and Aftab, R. (2021) The Impact of Covid-19 on Livelihoods and Food Security, Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Research for Policy and Practice Report, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/CORE.2021.001

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