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Neha Kumar
Senior Research Fellow
Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division
International Food Policy Research Institute
Apri...
Tommy Trenchard / Panos Pictures
▪ living in suboptimal conditions
▪ dependent on unreliable livelihoods
▪ limited (no) ac...
Giacomo Pirozzi / Panos Pictures
▪ Rural and urban dwellers had different
experiences
- Rural households better insulated ...
Anton Jankovoy / Shutterstock.com
▪ 1,414 social protection measures taken by 215
countries and territories
- Reached over...
Edward Echwalu / ESP
▪ the importance of basic needs
▪ the importance of political will
▪ the need for a multifaceted appr...
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Towards inclusive food systems: Pandemics, vulnerable groups, and the role of social protection

Neha Kumar
GLOBAL FOOD POLICY REPORT
Netherlands Discussion of IFPRI’s 2021 Global Food Policy Report: Transforming Food Systems After COVID-19
Co-Organized by The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IFPRI and Netherlands Food Partnership
APR 15, 2021 - 08:00 AM TO 09:15 AM EDT

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Towards inclusive food systems: Pandemics, vulnerable groups, and the role of social protection

  1. 1. Neha Kumar Senior Research Fellow Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division International Food Policy Research Institute April 15, 2021 Towards inclusive food systems Pandemics, vulnerable groups, and the role of social protection
  2. 2. Tommy Trenchard / Panos Pictures ▪ living in suboptimal conditions ▪ dependent on unreliable livelihoods ▪ limited (no) access to healthcare and safety net Poor households in rural and urban areas, informal workers, migrant workers, women, refugees and internally displaced persons ▪ Coping strategies will have long-term implications The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected the most vulnerable…
  3. 3. Giacomo Pirozzi / Panos Pictures ▪ Rural and urban dwellers had different experiences - Rural households better insulated in short term - Food supply chain disruptions affected urban dwellers more - Coverage of safety nets limited in urban areas ▪ Informal sector workers - Unregulated sector and worst hit by lockdowns - Low coverage of safety nets or unemployment/health insurance ▪ Women and children - Women lose autonomy and their assets sold first - “Stay at home” – potential exposure to violence for women & children - Children affected in multiple ways Impacts were widespread and uneven and with limited coverage of safety nets
  4. 4. Anton Jankovoy / Shutterstock.com ▪ 1,414 social protection measures taken by 215 countries and territories - Reached over 1.1 billion people or 14% of world’s population - Compared to pre-pandemic levels benefit amounts doubled and coverage increased by 240%!!! ▪ Yet, it was limited in many ways… - Transfers were one-off or short duration - Transfer amount was not sufficient - Coverage remained low - Not gender-sensitive ▪ But there are important lessons for improving social protection programs going forward… Social protection response to the pandemic was unprecedented…
  5. 5. Edward Echwalu / ESP ▪ the importance of basic needs ▪ the importance of political will ▪ the need for a multifaceted approach to dealing with it It is imperative to distill lessons learned during the pandemic for long term transformation of food systems and social programs to alleviate inequalities that exist The pandemic highlighted…

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