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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating major risks for food security at a time when food systems were already under strain from conflict, natural disaster, and climate change. At the country level, domestic food supply chains are affected by movement restrictions, shortages of key agricultural inputs, and loss of income. The U.N. World Food Programme has warned that an additional 130 million people could face acute food insecurity by the end of the year, on top of the 135 million people who were already acutely food insecure before the crisis. Rural people who were already exposed to food and dietary deprivations are also the most vulnerable during the on-going pandemic.
In this context, more than ever, the local resilience of producers and households needs support at both country and international levels. To this end, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, is working closely with local and national governments as they undertake measures to ensure social protection and safeguard livelihoods. Through South-South Cooperation, the Fund is tapping into existing expertise, skills, capacities, and solutions to address the effects of the pandemic and other connected challenges on rural populations. In the last decade, South-South cooperation has shown itself capable of providing tailored and tested development solutions that can be adapted to different contexts.
Watch the video to learn about IFAD’s work in targeting hunger through South-South cooperation.