Is Food Security in Lebanon under threat? - ESCWA



ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/2020/Policy Brief.14

Publication Type: Policy briefs

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Keywords: Covid-19

Is Food Security in Lebanon under threat?

August 2020

Civil unrest, sudden restrictions on access to foreign currencies, a reduction of financial flows since October 2019, and the outbreak of COVID-19 and its containment measures have raised concerns over food security in Lebanon. Given that the country relies heavily on food imports, the massive explosion that destroyed a significant part of the Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020 is expected to worsen the food security situation. The Port of Beirut is the main logistical point for the entry and exit of goods. The explosion destroyed the grain silos and severely damaged the central drug warehouse. Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees per capita globally, which further strains its resources, while national social safety nets are overstretched.

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