Food Security in Asia and the Pacific amid the COVID-19 Pandemic | Asian Development Bank

Food Security in Asia and the Pacific amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication | June 2020
Food Security in Asia and the Pacific amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief outlines the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for food security in Asia and the Pacific and suggests policy responses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected household food consumption and nutrition as a result of loss of jobs and income, and limited access to food. Informal sector workers—70% of total employment in the region—are at most risk. Swift and comprehensive policy interventions should focus on protecting consumers and public health; securing supply chains for producers; ensuring fair labor, trade, and macroeconomic policies; and enhancing regional cooperation.