Determinants and dynamics of food insecurity during COVID-19

The Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability conducts rigorous, policy-relevant research on issues of global concern.

In 2020 the Centre initiated a series of major and rapid research and policy activities to address the global and local issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This CDES working paper discusses how COVID-19 has threatened the food security of the poor due to the lockdown of markets amidst poor institutions and lack of social safety nets in the developing world.

Research shows that food security has already worsened since the crisis hit and would presumably worsen further in the future unless rapid measures are taken to attenuate it at the earliest.