The United States International University-Africa (USIU) is among ten institutions which will receive an International Development Research Center (IDRC) Covid-19 rapid response initiative grant, to document the pandemic’s impact on food systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

USIU was chosen from Africa’s pool of 16 organisations.

The research will be focused on the gender-sensitive implications of Covid-19 on youth agriprenuership resilience and targets over 500 entrepreneurs across the country.

This  grant earmarks  organisations which have the capacity and leadership to generate locally relevant evidence. Out of the 16 organisations targeted by IDRC for funding, 10 were selected based on this criteria.

Some of the organisations selected alongside USIU-Africa include the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization(Kalro), the University of Malawi, Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project in Zimbabwe, Economic and Social Research Foundation in Tanzania, The SAMRC/Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science in South Africa and National Agricultural Research Organisation of Uganda. 

Others are the Centre for Population and Environment Development in Nigeria, the Cooperation Society for International Development in Canada and the Consortium for Economic and Social Research in Senegal.

This project will be collecting short-term data on impact of the pandemic (and control measures) on local food systems, specifically, on the most vulnerable populations. It will also document planned and spontaneous responses in real-time  as well as the rewiring of food systems as they happen.

In addition, it will help inform recovery stratagem for a more efficient and equitable policy  towards mitigation of the impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition and food security.

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