COVID-19 MED BRIEF no.13: Deterioration of Food (In)security in the South Mediterranean and MENA Region in Times of Covid-19

The recent coronavirus crisis threatens the health, economies and societies of all countries. In Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries, the fight against the pandemic is even more complicated. Cooperation and EU-Med strategies in key sectors are needed. Therefore, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and FEMISE join forces and launch their joint series of Policy Briefs called “COVID-19 MED BRIEFS” to pave the way for thematic analyses and policy relevant recommendations.

The thirteenth COVID-19 MED BRIEF, entitled “Deterioration of Food (In)security in the South Mediterranean and MENA Region in Times of Covid-19”         by Dilek Gürsel is available here



This brief focuses on food insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with specific examples from the South Mediterranean (Maghreb, Mashreq) countries, and on how it is aggravating during a global shock such as the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines the socioeconomic situation on the ground and proposes recommendations to absorb crucial negative impact resulting from consequences on the agricultural sector and advocates for the development of systems that can generate enhanced regional food-sufficiency.




This Policy Brief is produced as part of the series of Policy Briefs on « Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19 in the Mediterranean » that is undertaken in partnership between FEMISE and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI).

The views expressed in this Brief are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of CMI or FEMISE. The contents have not been subjected to verification by CMI or FEMISE and their publication does not reflect ownership by CMI or FEMISE.