COVID-19 measures, such as mobility restrictions and social-distancing, create major food system challenges in Ethiopia that affect food security. A study by Wageningen University & Research and partners revealed this deep immediate impact.
This rapid country assessment was set out to synthesise available secondary data in relation to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and prioritise short-term challenges and actions required in Ethiopia.
This work is part of a collaborative effort between the Community of Practice (CoP) on Knowledge in relation to the COVID-19 crisis in low- and middle-income countries - an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) - and related CoPs to support joint Dutch responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The food system rapid country assessment Ethiopia was written by Nina de Roo and Walter de Boef (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation).
The assessment involved representatives of the following organisations, who provided secondary data and reviewed draft versions of this assessment: Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA); Agri-ProFocus, Agriterra, Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership, BENEFIT- Sesame Business Network, BENEFIT- Integrated Seed Sector Development Ethiopia, BENEFIT- Realising Sustainable Agricultural Livelihood Security in Ethiopia, Fair and Sustainable Consulting, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), ICCO/Stichting Woord en Daad, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.