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This knowledge hub aims to be a resource for all members of the SUN Movement to get informed about COVID-19 developments, at large. It also sheds light on important links between COVID-19 and nutrition, hunger, health and food systems – by bringing together important updates, guidance, articles and opinion pieces, in its initial stage. Nutrition can’t wait!

• COVID-19 & nutrition: Information note – English │ FrançaisEspañol

• COVID-19 & nutrition: Key messages – English │ FrançaisEspañol

• COVID-19 & SUN Coordinator Gerda Verburg’s message – English | Français | Español

SUN Movement actors speak up and out

Patricia Palma
Dra. de Programas de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SG-SICA)

Gerda Verburg, SUN Movement Coordinator
Statement to the 73rd World Health Assembly

COVID-Ready,
by Lead Group Member David Nabarro

Henrietta H. Fore
UNICEF Executive Director and SUN Lead Group Chair

10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world – by Katja Iversen, President and CEO Women Deliver – World Economic Forum

Sanitation and Water for All: World leaders’ Call to Action on WASH & COVID-19SWA/SUN

Let’s use this pandemic-period to re-think how we work, to put in place systemic changes needed, focusing on resilience through health, nutrition and social protection systems that leave no one behind.  Gerda Verburg, SUN Coordinator – Nutrition Connect

Latest

• Global nutrition crisis puts millions more at risk from coronavirusFinancial Times

• Coronavirus : après la pandémie, une grave crise alimentaire menace au nord comme au sudLe Monde

• Historic health assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response – WHO

• Rebuilding a more resilient planet, by Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister of International Development – Thomson Reuters

• An introduction to the World Health Organization, its vital role in the fight against COVID-19, and the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly – WHO

• SUN Movement COVID-19 Webinar with Dr. David Nabarro – YouTube

Key resources

COVID-19 in SUN countries

• COVID-19 west and Central Africa: outils d’engagement communautaires/tools for community engagement – CoronaWestAfrica
La sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle préoccupe les Etats membres de l’Uemoa, dans un contexte du Covid-19 – La Nation Benin
• Belgium supports FAO in the rapid recovery of vulnerable households’ livelihoods in Mali during COVID-19 – FAO Emergencies

• Liberia releases COVID-19 food, nutrition security situation report – Daily Observer
• Chad’s storytellers take COVID prevention messages off the grid – UN News
• Les impacts immédiats du COVID-19 sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle dans les pays d’Afrique de l’ l’Ouest et du Sahel – FSNWG
• L’impact du COVID-19 pourrait menacer la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Cameroun – FAO
• L’ONU alloue 12 millions de dollars pour soutenir la réponse humanitaire et lutter contre le Covid-19 en RCA – ONU Info
• Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits – UN News/SUN
• Coronavirus Risks Worsening a Food Crisis in the Sahel and West Africa – Chatham House
• Covid 19 in Africa: Protecting lives and the economy – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
• La pandémie du COVID-19 : une légitimation de la promotion de l’agriculture urbaine – Dakar Actu (Senegal)
• Lutte contre le coronavirus au Bénin: Bâtir une riposte sur la sécurité nutritionnelle – La Nation Bénin
• Post COVID-19 and food security in Nigeria – Blue Print
• COVID-19 in West Africa – Factsheet – Centre for Democracy and Development
• The Impact of COVID-19 on the Ghanaian Agri-food System and Food Supply Chain – Modern Ghana
• Number of hungry people spikes in Central Sahel as COVID19 looms – SUN / WFP
• COVID-19 virus spread prompts food insecurity fears in Africa – Cornell Alliance for Science
• Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security – UN News
• Using lessons from Ebola, West Africa prepares remote villages for coronavirus – Thomsons Reuters Foundation

• COVID-19 in Eastern and Southern Africa – UNICEF
• Averting a COVID-19 Disaster in Malawi and Building Back Better – CFR
• COVID-19 could deepen food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa – WHO/SUN
• African Union declaration on food security & nutrition – AU
• COVID-19 impact could be ‘disastrously high’ in poverty-stricken Malawi – UN News
• Ethiopia joint WASH, Health and Nutrition Advocacy Paper – Global Nutrition Cluster
• Covid-19 threatens to starve Africa – by Jessica Fanzo
• Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on Africa’s food systems – Africa Times
• Opinion: Protecting East Africa’s food supply during COVID-19 – Devex
• East African Community urges Partner States to prepare economic recovery plans for after COVID19 – EAC Secretariat
• If COVID-19 is not beaten in Africa it will return to haunt us all – by Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed
• Kenya unveils COVID-19 Food Plan – Kenya News
• How will COVID-19 affect Africa’s food systems? – African Arguments

• The impact of COVID-19 in the Pakistan’s food system – ACF

• An open letter to UN, G20, and national governments on COVID-19 impact on food security by Djoomart Otorbaev PM Kyrgyzstan et al. – CGTN

• Tajikistan gets World Bank financing to respond to COVID-19 Pandemic – World Bank

• How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19? – The Diplomat

• How Agri-food Chains in Sri Lanka Fared During the Stringent COVID-19 Control Measures? – IFPRI
• Joint Statement ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture – ASEAN
• Asian Development Bank approves aid for Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response – ADB

• What will children be eating in a post-COVID world? – An East Asia and Pacific perspective – UNICEF
• Global pandemic needs local solutions for sustainable food systems (Indonesia) – Jakarta Post
• COVID-19’s long shadow darkens the future of Southeast Asia’s food security – FAO
• Fortification of staple foods is a critical weapon in the fight against COVID-19 (ASEAN) – Nutrition Connect
• Food supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 may lead to increased food security challenges in ASEAN – FIA Asia
• Fortification of staple foods critical weapon in Indonesia – The Jakarta Post
• NNC issues guide for local Nutrition Cluster actions for COVID-19 affected populace – NNC Philippines

• La malnutrition, les PVVIH et les enfants : ce que risque Haïti face à la Covid-19 – Le Nouvelliste
• WHO and Costa Rica preview technology pooling initiative to ensure access to COVID-19 health products for all – WHO/SUN
• Llamado a la Acción de la Red de la Sociedad Civil de Latinoamérica y el Caribe del Movimiento SUN – IDI Perú
• El desafío social en tiempos del COVID-19 – CEPAL
• CEPAL propone un ingreso básico para ayudar a la población más vulnerable a superar los efectos del COVID-19 – CEPAL/SUN
• Coronavirus (COVID-19) and food systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (Webinar) – FAO
• Guatemala estudia el impacto del COVID-19 en la nutrición – SESAN
• Latin American and Caribbean countries coordinate to support regular functioning of food systems during COVID19 crisis – FAO/SUN
• Coronavirus in Haiti: Weakened by past disasters, the country was already in crisis – The New Humanitarian
• Alerta sobre el impacto del COVID19 en la alimentación escolar de América Latina y el Caribe – FAO
• The impact of COVID-19 on school feeding in Latin America and the Caribbean – FAO
• Centroamérica unida contra el coronavirus. Plan de contingencia regional – SICA
• El hambre y la malnutrición, la otra cara del COVID-19 – Frente Parlamentario Contra el Hambre ALC
• Declaración conjunta de los Jefes de Estado y de Gobiernos de Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá y República Dominicana ante la pandemia de COVID 19 – SICA

Articles on COVID-19

• Africa: Inadequate Diets Are Making Populations Vulnerable to COVID-19 – AllAfrica.com
• Fortification of staple foods is a critical weapon in the fight against COVID-19 – Nutrition Connect
• Interim Guidance on Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Operations in Low Capacity and Humanitarian Settings – IASC
• A battle plan for ensuring global food supplies during the COVID-19 crisis – by Maximo Torero Chief Economist FAO
• COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis” – FAO

• After Covid-19, it’s in everyone’s interest to help the world’s poorest countries (Opinion) – The Guardian
• Malnutrition and epidemics are intertwined. That makes fixing food systems crucial – The Conversation
• Recommendations for maternal & child malnutrition prevention in the context of COVID19 – WFP
• The COVID-19 pandemic shows we must transform the global food system – The Guardian

More articles

• Early estimates of the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries – The Lancet
• Nutrition and Food Systems in the time of COVID-19 by Anna Lartey, SUN ExCom Member – FAO
• The coming food & nutrition crash can be averted if we act now to counter the COVID-19 crisis – Lawrence Haddad, SUN ExCom member – IFPRI
• Avoiding a COVID-created global hunger crisis – Asma Lateef, SUN ExCom member – The Hill
• As aid groups scramble to contain COVID-19, malnutrition set to increase – Gerda Verburg, SUN Coordinator – Devex
• ECOSOC informal briefing among UN system leaders – IISD
• Nutrition Sectoral and Cluster Coordination Guidance in COVID19 Contexts – Nutrition Cluster
• COVID19, Food & Nutrition Security, and Gender Equality – CARE
• Joint Statement on COVID-19 Impacts on Food Security and Nutrition – FAO/IFAD/WB/WFP
• Ministers of Agriculture joint statement – G20
• Will COVID-19 cause another food crisis? An early review – IFPRI
• Without food, there can be no exit from the pandemic – Maximo Torero (FAO) – Nature
• COVID19 Crisis & Food Systems: addressing threats, creating opportunities – by Lawrence Haddad (GAIN)
• COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems – IPES-FOOD
• How to minimize the impact of COVID19 on food security – WFP
• COVID-19 and food supply: A four-pronged battle plan for countries – Nutrition Connect
• Impacts of COVID19 on food and nutrition security, poverty, and development – IFPRI
• AUDA-NEPAD: COVID-19
• JOHNS HOPKINS: COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition
• Focus on COVID19 – by Devex

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