Sometimes we don’t even eat: How conflict and COVID-19 are pushing millions of people to the brink

This CARE report exposes how COVID-19 has exaggerated food insecurity in conflict-torn regions including Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The report argues that unless urgent action is taken, repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic could nearly double the number of people experiencing serious food insecurity before the end of 2020.

The report reveals how conflict heightens food insecurity and causes barriers to food production and processing due to violence destroying crops, livestock and essential infrastructure. Conflict zones also have decreased accessibility so people and goods are unable to reach markets, causing food prices to skyrocket due to diminishing supply. Girls and women living with hunger and conflict are more likely to experience violence, transactional sex, and early and forced marriage. The report calls for international donors, national governments, non-profits, and the humanitarian sector to work together to address both the causes of conflict and food insecurity, as well as the ways in which women and girls are uniquely affected.

  • Countries: Congo, Nigeria, Yemen, Global, South Sudan
  • Published: November 2020

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