COVID-19 and Food Insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Akram Hernández-Vásquez, Fabriccio J. Visconti-Lopez, Horacio Chacón-Torrico, Diego Azañedo

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The objective was to determine the prevalence of household food insecurity (FI) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondary analysis was performed using the waves 1 to 3 of the 2020 COVID-19 High Frequency Phone Surveys in 13 LAC countries. The countries with the highest FI in the first wave were Honduras (60.3%), Peru (58.1%) and Ecuador (57.9%). Likewise, the countries with the greatest differences in the prevalence of FI between the first and last waves in percentage points (PP) were Peru (−29), Guatemala (−27.7) and Bolivia (−21.8). LAC countries face a great burden of FI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-379
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Food insecurity
  • Latin America


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