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COVID-19 Working Paper: Food Insecurity During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Four African Countries

Jeffrey Bloem, Jeffrey Michler, Anna Josephson and Lorin Rudin-Rush ()

No 323870, USDA Miscellaneous from United States Department of Agriculture

Abstract: This report analyzes trends in food security up to one year after the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in four African countries. Using household-level data collected by the World Bank, this report shows differences in food security over time during the pandemic between rural and urban areas as well as between female- and male-headed households in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nigeria. Analysis of data collected during the pandemic shows a sharp increase in food insecurity in the early months of the pandemic with a subsequent gradual decline. Additionally, this report finds that a larger increase in food insecurity occurred in rural areas relative to urban areas within each of these countries. Finally, the authors found no systemic difference in food insecurity between female-headed and male-headed households. These trends, documented amid the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, complement previous microeconomic analyses studying short-term changes in food security associated with the pandemic and macroeconomic projections based on expected changes to income, prices, and food supply.

Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Demand and Price Analysis; Financial Economics; Food Security and Poverty; International Development; International Relations/Trade; Public Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46
Date: 2022-07-07
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.323870

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