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Journal of Food Security. 2021, 9(3), 101-105
DOI: 10.12691/jfs-9-3-2
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Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in the Caribbean

Rasheed Perry1, Lisa Reid1 and Fitzroy Henry1,

1University of Technology, Jamaica, 237 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica

Pub. Date: July 18, 2021

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Rasheed Perry, Lisa Reid and Fitzroy Henry. Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in the Caribbean. Journal of Food Security. 2021; 9(3):101-105. doi: 10.12691/jfs-9-3-2


The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the globe and remains a threat to the food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities due to the disruptions of the food system. This study assessed the impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security at the household level in eight Caribbean countries. The findings revealed that 16% of households reported that their diet was suboptimal during the crisis; among the households severely affected, rice and egg consumption increased whereas the utilization of meats, fish, chicken, vegetables, and fruit intake declined; 40% of households experienced some form of hunger and 42% of them reported that they were moderately to severely affected. As countries aim to recover and regain stability, households remain at risk and the situation on the ground may worsen and therefore the findings of this study may be modest. As such, food security should be an integral part of the policy framework to address immediate needs and the imperatives for long-term resilience.

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