American Univesity of Beirut

Mohamad Abiad contributed to the new UN ESCWA report "Arab Food Security: Vulnerabilities and Pathways"

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, food security vulnerabilities further weakened the Arab region's ability to respond. Pre-pandemic, the region's food security situation showed that up to 27 percent of the population (116 million people) experienced food insecurity. Undernourishment and adult obesity were rampant, affecting 10 and 26 percent of the population, respectively.

Dr. Abiad contributed to background papers and sections on food loss and food waste in the case of Lebanon of which the present report that analyses the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic regarding food availability, unequal access, and poor utilization, including changes in consumer behaviors. It also puts in context rising vulnerabilities in terms of natural resources scarcity, socioeconomic shocks, food import dependency, and the increasing impact of conflict.

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