IGC cited in European Commission report on food security

IGC research has been cited extensively in a European Commission report on food security in the context of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, the European Commission’s in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy, quotes IGC research on The economic implications of Ebola (p4, 16, 24). The Science and Policy Report on the ‘Impact of the West African Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Food security’ discusses the exceptional extent and duration of the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.

The report, which aims to help the European Commission prioritise its interventions in the most affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), states that “The negative impact of the Ebola outbreak on household incomes and markets has led to food insecurity due to lack of access to food”.

The European Commission report warns “food security may deteriorate in the first quarter of 2015 in areas affected by the EVD outbreak if assistance is not scaled up”and conclude that “Income support intervention in the affected countries is critical to stimulate the local economy, limit the adverse impact of the general economic slowdown on livelihoods and improve household resilience to future shocks”.

Click here to see a summary of Economics of Ebola Research.