Supporting Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change

2021 Annual Meetings Event

October 19, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change, with a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters threatening food security in the region due to the heavy reliance on rain-fed agriculture, and weak infrastructure and institutions.
These challenges are compounded by the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has aggravated food chain disruptions, broadly raised food prices, eroded real incomes, and increased the number of undernourished in the region to reach 264 million in 2020.
This discussion comes at a critical time when the IMF is looking to identify viable options to support more vulnerable member countries in their pandemic recovery and achieve resilient and sustainable growth, including through voluntary channeling of some of the SDRs from countries with strong external positions to those most in need.

Join us LIVE on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:00 AM ET.

Opening Remarks:

Antionette M. Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director, IMF


Antionette M. Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director, IMF (Moderator)

David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme

Tahir Hamid Nguilin, Minister of Finance and Budget, Chad

Musa Kpaka, Chief Technical Advisor in the Office of the President, Sierra Leone