The COVID-19 pandemic continues affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people globally. In addition to the health-related impact, the outbreak is also triggering an economic downturn affecting the world’s poor and food insecure population.
Indonesia continues to be severely affected by COVID-19. The pandemic affects food security and nutrition, particularly for vulnerable groups with already scarce resources to cope with the pre-crisis situation, including those in the informal sector.
To support decision makers in designing relevant interventions to respond to the crisis, real-time monitoring of the developing impacts of the pandemic remains critical. This bulletin, as a continuation of the previous update, provides a snapshot of the implications of the pandemic on the economy and food security in Indonesia. Evidence from different sources and analyses in this update include the Government’s support to vulnerable groups through different schemes to minimise the impacts of the shock, changes in macroeconomic indicators in the 2nd quarter of the year, and employment implications in the formal and informal sectors.
Analysis on food availability and access, along with challenges in food supply and agricultural production, are included in the bulletin. There is special focus on food security in two selected provinces, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara. The analysis also covers the availability of strategic food commodities in markets and price trends at national and sub-national levels.