Friday, December 17, 2021

The Pandemic has Left Millions in Asia Struggling for Food

The pandemic hit Asia’s food supply hard, causing a sharp increase in the number of people unable to access enough food to stay healthy and feed their families. Women, children and the poor have suffered most.

COVID-19 has unsettled food supply chains in various ways. In the initial days of the pandemic, uncertainty surrounding imminent lockdowns across the region led to panic buying, temporary shortages, and price spikes. Disruptions to domestic and international food supply chains—which emerged as rising health risks led to major travel restrictions—undermined food availability and accessibility, in particular of perishable goods.

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