Food Security and Mental Health Under the Covid-19 Syndemic

Joseph Burke, Shaher Abdulateef, Lisa Boden, Clara Calia

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Abstract

The link between food security and mental health is well recognised.

The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings make clear that ‘understanding the interactions between psychosocial well-being and food/nutritional security enables humanitarian actors to increase the quality and effectiveness of food aid and nutritional support programmes while also supporting human dignity’. The 2019 Food security and nutrition in the world report noted that ‘food insecurity is associated with poorer mental health and specific psychosocial stressors across global regions independent of socio-economic status’.

What urgently requires more attention is how this relationship between food security and mental health is becoming entangled with the effects of Covid-19.

The From the field project is an ongoing multidisciplinary, global research collaboration seeking to explore the impact of the virus on the lives and livelihoods of Syrians in the country and the wider region. Its findings are highlighting the dynamic nature of the virus’ consequences for displaced Syrians and confirming the need for a broader view of its multi-layered effects on the most vulnerable.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHumanitarian Practice Network
Media of outputBlog post
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Covid 19
  • Mental health
  • Food security
  • Syrian refugees

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