Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nutritional Security of Children

Jaydev Jana

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the economy and jobs around the world. Hundreds of millions of jobs have been lost. Those toiling in the informal economy – often without rights at work and social protection – seem to have suffered around 60 per cent decline in earnings in the first month of the crisis alone.

Women have been especially hard hit – working in many of the most critically affected sectors, while also carrying the greatest burden of increasing levels of unpaid care work. Many small and medium-sized enterprises – the engine of the global economy - are fighting a losing battle to survive. The most vulnerable are at risk of becoming ever more vulnerable, and poor countries and communities risk falling even further behind.

The link between nutrition and economics has been analysed by economists since a long time. The notion that poverty causes malnutrition dates back at least to Adam Smith and income is still the main explanatory variable in most contemporary attempts to explain poor nutrition...read more