Food Coalition

Rapid, repeated assessments to monitor food insecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified development challenges across Europe and Central Asia, generating ever more demand for rapid, accessible and reliable data to guide decision-making. The evolving pandemic and associated economic crisis are impacting food security and jeopardizing countries’ progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Identifying and evaluating the multi-faceted impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the food security situation requires real-time, quality information that enables the measurement of changes in people’s access to food and an assessment of the underlying causes.

Countries in the region urgently need to improve the quality and availability of data if they are to gauge and tailor their response to the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. To this end, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has fast-tracked assistance in collecting and analysing food security data, both at country and regional level. In view of the projected long-term implications of COVID-19 on the global economy, however, these efforts need to be scaled up to ensure that adequate processes, systems and capacity are in place to generate the evidence needed, to support the formulation and implementation of informed, effective and targeted policies and programmes aimed at combatting food shortages, and to maintain food security and proper nutrition across the region.

Priority Areas of work: Data for Decision-making
SDG: 2. Zero Hunger
Level: Regional
Region: Europe and Central Asia
Country: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Budget: USD 1.5 million

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