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EAB Ag-Tech Entrepreneurs Addressing Access to Food | Forbes: Food Insecurity In Jamaica Doubled Projections In 2020

January 24, 2021 12:23 PM | EAB (Administrator)

The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) International Food Security Assessment, 2020–2030: COVID-19 Update and Impacts on Food Insecurity report released in January 2021 reveals that 12.8 per cent of the Jamaican population is currently food insecure, equating to some 400,000 people. This is double pre-COVID-19 USDA ERS projections and an increase of 100,000 persons over revised projections made during the pandemic.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA ERS released preliminary projections that 200,000 Jamaicans would be food insecure by the end of 2020. By the end of the year, the socio-economic impact of the pandemic had caused the actual number of persons suffering from food insecurity to exceed pre-pandemic estimates by 100 per cent, primarily affecting female-headed households and homes with at least one child...

To read more click: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2021/01/24/food-insecurity-in-jamaica-doubled-expectations-in-2020/?sh=40a2db806442

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