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COVID-19: From health crises to food security anxiety and policy implications

Karltun, Linley Chiwona and Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Wamala-Larsson, Caroline and Amuakwa-Mensah, Salome and Abouhatab, Assem and Made, Nolwandle and Taremwa, Nathan Kanuma and Melyoki, Lemayon and Rutashobya, Lettice Kinunda and Madonsela, Thulisile and Lourens, Marna and Stone, Wendy and Bizoza, Alfred R. (2021). COVID-19: From health crises to food security anxiety and policy implications. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. 50 , 794-811
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Abstract

Like the rest of the world, African countries are reeling from the health, economic and social effects of COVID-19. The continent's governments have responded by imposing rigorous lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus. The various lockdown measures are undermining food security, because stay at home orders have among others, threatened food production for a continent that relies heavily on agriculture as the bedrock of the economy. This article draws on quantitative data collected by the GeoPoll, and, from these data, assesses the effect of concern about the local spread and economic impact of COVID-19 on food worries. Qualitative data comprising 12 countries south of the Sahara reveal that lockdowns have created anxiety over food security as a health, economic and human rights/well-being issue. By applying a probit model, we find that concern about the local spread of COVID-19 and economic impact of the virus increases the probability of food worries. Governments have responded with various efforts to support the neediest. By evaluating the various policies rolled out we advocate for a feminist economics approach that necessitates greater use of data analytics to predict the likely impacts of intended regulatory relief responses during the recovery process and post-COVID-19.

Authors/Creators:Karltun, Linley Chiwona and Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Wamala-Larsson, Caroline and Amuakwa-Mensah, Salome and Abouhatab, Assem and Made, Nolwandle and Taremwa, Nathan Kanuma and Melyoki, Lemayon and Rutashobya, Lettice Kinunda and Madonsela, Thulisile and Lourens, Marna and Stone, Wendy and Bizoza, Alfred R.
Title:COVID-19: From health crises to food security anxiety and policy implications
Series Name/Journal:AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:50
Page range:794-811
Number of Pages:18
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
Keywords:COVID-19, Feminist economics, Food security, Policy, Social protection, Sub-Saharan Africa
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110713
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110713
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-020-01481-y
Web of Science (WoS)000619756600002
ID Code:22958
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 Apr 2021 08:43
Metadata Last Modified:07 Apr 2021 08:51

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