The current global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted food systems around the world. Food environments are where people meet the food system. Around the world people’s food environments are rapidly changing in both their external dimensions – food availability, prices, vendors- as well as personal dimensions – geographical access, affordability, convenience and desirability.  These rapid food environment changes are influencing the consumers’ dietary practices and can lead to a deterioration in both individual, and country level,nutritional and health status. 

The people, and their health and nutrition status, are what counts. Healthy, sustainable diets that contain sufficient fruits and vegetables are crucial in protecting people’s immunity. Particularly for those at risk of, or suffering from food insecurity and those with pre-existing non-communicable diseases who are at a heightened risk of becoming severely ill with the virus.

The work of UN agencies and partner organizations to promote nutrition and healthy food systems during the pandemic is continually expanding and strengthening. Contributing to the coronavirus pandemic response, the UNSCN has compiled a list of available resources and key readings with a focus on nutrition and food systems. This list will be continually updated and expanded as more resources become available. 

UN AGENCIES GENERAL RESPONSE

FOOD SYSTEMS

PREGNANCY, BREASTFEEDING, INFANT/YOUNG CHILD FEEDING

  • WFP
    COVID-19 and Pregnancy (18 March)
    COVID-19 and Breastfeeding (18 March)
  • UNICEF & GTAM
    Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in the context of COVID-19 (27 March with updates every 10 days)

SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

ADULTS

EMERGENCY NUTRITION RESPONSE

Articles and blog posts providing insights into nutrition and food systems in the response to COVID-19