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Benin | Humanitarian response (April–December 2020)

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FAO. 2020. Benin | Humanitarian response (April–December 2020): Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Rome.



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    Nigeria has been grappling for over a decade with an ongoing insurgency in the northeastern part of the country that has caused mass displacement and has drained both state and community resources. In addition, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was emerging from an economic recession caused by lower than anticipated oil prices. Urgent and essential COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Government (i.e. lockdowns in the most affected states, airport and border closures, and inter-state movement restrictions) have negatively affected agricultural activities across the country. Necessary health-related restrictions on interstate travel, market closures, limitations on the movement of workers and other constraints have affected both production and trade. As of early May 2020, the effects of the pandemic on agriculture and food systems in northeastern Nigeria had become evident, specifically in relation to food supply chains and interstate movements of agricultural produce, including both food commodities and animal feed. Vulnerable food system workers including petty traders, small- and medium-scale food processors and other value chain actors remain among those most at risk of financial hardship. In the framework of FAO’s Corporate COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme and the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, FAO has revised its humanitarian response for 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.
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    Colombia | Revised humanitarian response (May–December 2020)
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    The most vulnerable and food-insecure populations in Colombia mainly live in rural areas, including women, indigenous peoples, afro-descendant communities, youth and refugees/migrants from Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), due to the challenges they face linked to prolonged armed conflict and environmental degradation. As the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across Colombia strict but essential health-related containment measures have been implemented since the end of March. A spike in confirmed cases, particularly in some of the main urban areas, at the end of April forced the Government to reinstate restrictions in the most affected cities. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures have generally impacted the food supply chain. While crop production has not been significantly affected by the containment measures, the livestock sector has been more affected. Overall, the challenges linked to marketing coupled with the slowdown of economic activities have reduced food access in the country. In the framework of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, FAO has revised its humanitarian response for 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.
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    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food access in Sierra Leone was already constrained due to inflation and the depreciation of local currency for the past three years, with below-average crop production and high dependency on imported foodstuffs. Furthermore, the effects of the 2014–2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country are still felt today. There is, therefore, an urgent need to address not only health-related needs, but also the social and economic conditions of the most vulnerable populations. Following the first reported cases of COVID-19 in the country in March 2020, the Government put in place urgent and essential measures, including lockdown, movement restrictions and market closures to slow the spread of the virus. In addition, the fear of contracting the virus led over 60 percent of the population to stay at home, resulting in a general economic slowdown and income losses. In the framework of FAO’s Corporate COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme and the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, FAO has revised its humanitarian response for 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.

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