The assessment is based on 377 documents covering 62 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas.
The analysis reveals that the dimension of food security that has been most affected is accessibility. Both financial (affordability) and physical access to food have been disrupted, in particular in urban areas and in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). As a result, proximity and convenience have been affected with a degradation in food choice and diversity.
In contrast, there is no clear evidence that the availability of food has been affected beyond some initial disruptions and there is not enough information to provide robust conclusions about the effects of the pandemic on the utilization of food (safety or quality).
Finally, the impact of COVID-19 on the nutritional status of people is still poorly documented but expected to be substantial in the long run.
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