Food insecurity and COVID-19 risk in low- and middle-income countries

Valerie Mueller, Karen A. Grépin, Atonu Rabbani, Bianca Navia, Anne S.W. Ngunjiri, Nicole Wu

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The COVID-19 pandemic prompted social distancing, workplace closures, and restrictions on mobility and trade that had cascading effects on economic activity, food prices, and employment in low- and middle-income countries. Using longitudinal data from Bangladesh, Kenya, and Nigeria covering a period from October 2020 to April 2021, the paper assesses whether knowledge of a person infected with COVID-19 is associated with food insecurity, job loss and business closures, and coping strategies to smooth consumption. The likelihood of households to experience food insecurity at the extensive and intensive margins increased among those who knew an infected person in Bangladesh and Kenya.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-109
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • COVID-19
  • food insecurity
  • low- and middle-income countries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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