Food Coalition

Using alternative data sources to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural incentives

COVID-19 is a global health crisis with profound effects. Timely and reliable information on its evolution and consequences can help anticipate and mitigate potential disruptions caused by the pandemic. This can help to avert major food-security and livelihood crises, avoiding panic reactions that could aggravate the situation and harm the food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable.

National data collection processes are being disrupted by COVID19-induced social-distancing measures. This is not only affecting the availability of food and agricultural statistics, but also the capacity of national statistical systems and other data producers to respond to new data demands arising from the pandemic.

Governments in North Africa and Near East are now rapidly adopting new policy measures in response to COVID-19, with potentially far-reaching effects such as export restrictions and other macroeconomic adjustments as well as stimulus packages. Therefore, monitoring how these policies are affecting agricultural price incentives and disincentives, and potentially trade flows and the labour market across different countries and value chains is extremely important to understand the extent to which the pandemic is disrupting agricultural markets. More importantly, this monitoring exercise is key to understand how such incentives and disincentives need to be realigned to be more supportive of an economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era: it is the essence for policy recommendations.

Priority Areas of work: Data for Decision-making
SDG: 2. Zero Hunger
Level: Regional
Region: Near East and North Africa
Country: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates
Budget: USD 520 000


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