Mitigating the impact of Covid-19: Poverty and food insecurity in the Arab region - ESCWA

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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL3.SEP/2020/Policy Brief.2


Publication Type: Policy briefs

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty

Keywords: Covid-19

Mitigating the impact of Covid-19: Poverty and food insecurity in the Arab region

April 2020

The Arab region will witness an additional 8.3 million people falling into poverty.

The economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 is expected to negatively impact jobs, incomes, business and the flow of remittances in the Arab region, resulting in a shrinking middleincome class. Consequently, an estimated 8.3 million people will fall into poverty, meaning that a total of 101.4 million people in the region will be classified as poor. The consequences of this crisis could be particularly severe on vulnerable groups, especially women and young adults, and those working in the informal sector who have no access to social protection and unemployment insurance. The challenge is further compounded by a lack of social protection floors and noninclusive social protection schemes in some Arab countries.

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