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Impact of COVID-19 outbreak on Supply chains, regional trade, markets and food security in East Africa - Release 3, 8 May 2020


Key messages

  • While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in East Africa so far is relatively low compared to other regions, dis-ruption in supply chains is already affecting the trade and flow of commodities.
  • Despite the comfortable stock of cereals in the global market, most countries in East Africa are food deficit and thus likely to face challenges.
  • The pandemic is adding severity to the situation as the region is already facing multiple shocks including severe desert locust infestation and floods since the past few weeks.
  • WFP estimates that 34 to 43 million people, within the nine countries, are likely to be food insecure during the next three months, an increase from 20 million during March-April.