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Food Security Implications of Covid-19 on the World’s Poorest People

May 26, 2020




The COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding into an economic crisis with profound implications for food security. Food price increases due to supply chain disruptions can lead to an increase in depth and scope of poverty, and African countries will be hit hard. In this edition of the Africa KiT policy discussion series, Dr. Arif Husain of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will talk about the factors that can trigger food supply chain disruptions, the implications of such disruptions on poverty, and the measures that WFP is taking to help countries mitigate the potential effects of this crisis on the world’s poor.  

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    Arif Husain


    Dr. Arif Husain is Chief Economist and Director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. Arif joined WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many senior positions both in the field and at Headquarters. He has also worked for the World Bank and taught at the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Arif’s work focuses on analyzing food security and welfare conditions in developing countries to inform humanitarian response. His research interests include application of information technologies to improve humanitarian response; understanding linkages between poverty, hunger, conflict and migration; and analysing how global economic shocks impact food security, social protection and emergency and development assistance. Arif has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota..


    Albert Zeufack


    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank


    Simeon K. Ehui


    Regional Director for Africa, Sustainable Development, World Bank


    Florence Kondylis


    Senior Economist, Development Impact Evaluation, World Bank


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Tuesday May 26, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM (ET)