de Pee, S., Turowska, Z.
Article on retail food price data to track food and nutrition security. Food price data at the retail level are critical to assessing the impacts of covariate shocks on people’s access to healthy, nutritious diets. Through the calculation of cost and affordability, retail food prices can also help identify entry points to improve food and nutrition security, such as in the context of COVID-19. People’s access to healthy, nutritious diets is determined by physical access to diverse foods — that is, what is available in their food environment — and by the affordability of foods that make up such a diet, which is a function of their prices and people’s expenditure on food. Covariate shocks can weaken the functionality of food systems, negatively impacting both availability and affordability of nutritious diets. Now, more than two years into COVID-19 pandemic, data are allowing us to increasingly understand how food systems responded to the unprecedented scale of disruption created by the pandemic, including the economic and social effects of the control measures.
- COVID-19 Pandemic
- Food Insecurity
- Social Support and Protection
- Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Country-level population(s)
- Journal article