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Title: Impact of COVID-19 on the food security and identifying the compromised food security dimension: A systematic review protocol
Contributor(s): Gebeyehu, Daniel Teshome  (author)orcid ; East, Leah  (author)orcid ; Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Islam, Md Shahidul  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022-08-09
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272859
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Food security is substantially affected directly by COVID-19 and/or indirectly by the measures adopted for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission. The aim of this systematic review is to summarize the impact of COVID-19 on food security and identify the most compromised food security dimension to ease the food security regulators and actors' intervention prioritisation.


Primary research focused on the impact of COVID-19 on food security will be searched from three online databases (PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus), manually using a google scholar search engine, and studies' reference list were also manually searched. The prevalence of food insecurity in each study and the most compromised food security dimension including their associated factors will be identified. The food insecurity before and after COVID-19 emergence and the status of food security dimension before and after COVID-19 will be compared and interpreted.


The heterogeneity of the studies and the factors for the variability of outcomes will be discussed. COVID-19 had a negative impact on food security if the food insecurity prevalence before the emergence of COVID-19 is less than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other confounding factors that can contribute to the high food insecurity prevalence like natural disasters, war, and instability will be considered in addition to COVID-19.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: PLoS One, 17(8), p. 1-9
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1932-6203
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300606 Food sustainability
320211 Infectious diseases
320103 Respiratory diseases
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200410 Nutrition
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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