IGC research informs UN and World Bank responses to the Ebola epidemic

IGC research has been cited by two new United Nations reports and one by the World Bank in their response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The latest Special Regional Bulletin from the World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the UN and the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security, quotes IGC research on The economic implications of Ebola (p3). The bulletin reports how food prices have been affected by the outbreak of the disease and by the policy response to the crisis.

A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, also cites IGC research on The economic implications of Ebola (p4). The Special Report on Crop and Food Security in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea adopts the IGC’s findings that while market prices for staple foodstuffs do not show any abnormal patterns, there has been a substantial decline in trader activity which will be particularly harmful for farmers relying on cash crops.

The ongoing IGC research has also informed a report by the World Bank on the socio-economic impact of Ebola in Sierra Leone, they country which has been worst affected by the outbreak.