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Colombia | Revised humanitarian response (May–December 2020)

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​FAO. 2020. Colombia | Revised humanitarian response (May–December 2020): Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Rome.



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    Following the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Togo in March 2020, the Government put in place a series of urgent and essential containment measures, to slow the spread of the virus, such as the closure of all land borders. In mid-June, the Government started easing these measures, including the lifting of the curfew, and reopening cities and schools. In June 2020, the impact of containment measures on market functionality and food availability was limited, and most agropastoral markets remained accessible. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had relatively limited effects on crop production, market prices and food availability, the livestock sector, labour market and incomes have been more significantly affected by the essential health-related containment measures and subsequent economic slowdown. 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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    Pakistan is highly exposed to natural hazards and shocks, including drought. In 2018-2019, severe drought conditions prevailed in 18 districts of Balochistan and eight districts of Sindh, rendering around 5 million people in need of immediate food security and livelihood assistance. Since March 2019, a desert locust outbreak has also affected around 46 districts across four provinces of Pakistan. These issues make a large proportion of the population vulnerable to persistent and chronic food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, increasing humanitarian needs in disaster prone areas of Pakistan. The average number of daily new cases has been rising sharply since the beginning of June. On 18 June 2020, the Government imposed a “smart lockdown” in several cities to curb the spike in cases. The effects of urgent and essential COVID-19 containment measures are having repercussions on the country’s already fragile employment situation and on livelihoods. 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 will implement humanitarian response activities in 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.
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    Zimbabwe | Revised humanitarian response (May–December 2020)
    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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    Zimbabwe had already been facing widespread food insecurity prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for February–June 2020 showed people across the entire country were food insecure, with 45 percent of the rural population (4.3 million people) and 2.4 million people living in urban areas in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse levels of acute food insecurity. The underlying causes of this are three successive years of poor agricultural performance, coupled with an economic collapse that led to hyperinflation. Combined, this is limiting the ability of farmers to use machinery and access seeds and fertilizer. The first case of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe was recorded on 20 March 2020 and over 700 cases have been confirmed as of mid-July. The Government has declared the pandemic a national disaster and has introduced several urgent and essential health-related containment measures, including a national lockdown and the closure of international borders, with the exception of essential services. 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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