Food Security Through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond – Poland: A Case Study

Kowalska, Aleksandra, Lingham, Sophia, Maye, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-4459-6630 and Manning, Louise (2023) Food Security Through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond – Poland: A Case Study. In: Modeling Economic Growth in Contemporary Poland. Emerald Group, pp. 89-108. ISBN 9781837536559

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Research Background: Applying mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 'locking down' of economies, and disrupted agri-food markets worldwide. Income losses and food price increases negatively affected food security. The 'stay-at-home' policy led some households towards a positive shift in eating habits and maintaining these changes could contribute to better nutrition. The Russia-Ukraine war and soaring energy and food prices contributes further to the pressure on the global food system and urgency to consider longer term resilience capacities of national food systems. Purpose of the Chapter: The aim of the chapter is to identify and review food security challenges that governments and societies have faced during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, with specific emphasis on Poland. Methodology: The methodological approach was to undertake a narrative literature review and to analyse a number of indicators relating to food security at the national level. These were quantified using data from Economist Impact, the World Bank, the European Commission, FAOSTAT and Statistics Poland. Findings: The 2019-2022 Global Food Security Index for Poland remained quite stable, but the number of food insecure people increased significantly. Hence, urgent government measures are needed to ensure food security for all. Since 2021, high food inflation has reduced food affordability and is expected to remain high due to the Russia-Ukraine war, market pressures on energy prices and climate-related weather conditions. Greater food self-sufficiency in Poland is a key strategy to build up the resilience of the national food system. © 2024 Aleksandra Kowalska, Sophia Lingham, Damian Maye and Louise Manning Published under exclusive licence by Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; Food consumption; Food prices; Food security; Food supply; War
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB175 Food crops
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2023 10:53
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 10:53

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