Food Security Measurements and Indicators

Impact of Disasters on Food Security in the ECCU • Threatens to undermine the gains made in recent years in the prevention and control of diet-related NCDs.

• Temporary lockdowns have resulted in panic-buying and stockpiling and created a sense of food insecurity at the country level. • Significant dietary shifts away from fresh produce towards non-perishable, energy-dense, nutrient-poor, processed foods high in fats, salt, and sugars, leading to overweight and obesity. • The loss of nutritious meals by children who benefit from national school meals programmes is another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. • These threats further exacerbated by droughts, and an anticipated above-average hurricane season, and other disasters like the imminent volcanic eruption. 29

Impact of COVID- 19 Pandemic

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