The spread of COVID-19, and the range of policy responses to contain the pandemic, exert wide-ranging effects on agri-food systems and livelihoods. IFPRI’s COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal captures these policy responses and examines their direct and indirect impacts on the crisis in many Compact2025 countries and beyond, including the different types of institutional collaboration governments have used to manage the pandemic, as well as different degrees of citizen compliance. The dataset is regularly updated and can be downloaded.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- One in nine people are still hungry or undernourished and 149 million children under 5 years of age are stunted globally. In addition, one in three people is overweight or obese. The 2020 Global Nutrition Report finds that progress is too slow and calls on governments, businesses and civil society to step up efforts to address the double burden of malnutrition and redirect resources to communities and people most affected by COVID-19.
- The latest special issue of the IFPRI Insights newsletter shines a spotlight on the critical role of water security to COVID-19 resilience and highlights new research on disruptions of Ethiopian dairy chains due to the pandemic. See IFPRI’s COVID-19 webpage for more evidence, blogs, tools, and events.
- IFPRI and the Micronutrient Forum hosted a virtual event on Micronutrients in Emergencies on June 9. Micronutrient deficiencies—a form of malnutrition also called “hidden hunger”—can easily develop or be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous emergencies will inform the discussion on how to meet the micronutrient needs of affected people.