COVID crisis is fueling food price rises for world’s poorest

Over the last year, COVID-19 has undone the economic, health and food security of millions, 14114340279_c7363a7eb7_kpushing as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty. While the health and economic impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, the rise in hunger has been one of its most tangible symptoms. 

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Middle East and North Africa: Two opportunities for rebuilding after COVID-19 in green and inclusive ways

 

What is the best path to building better and greener after the pandemic? Leaders around the shutterstock_1379087948globe ask this question and come up with different answers. For example, the European Union puts the spotlight on nature as the strongest ally in green recovery after COVID-19. South Korea plans to invest in green cities and support new green industries and businesses, among others. The best recipe for success differs across countries and regions, but as made clear in this previous op-ed, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will need to include green and sustainable practices for a more resilient and inclusive recovery.

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Investing in women and girls: How governments can drive inclusive recovery

Before COVID-19, many countries were making significant gains in human capital, improving dole_graduation_pilot_philippineshealth and education outcomes for girls and boys and empowering women to reach their potential. Between 2010 and March 2020, the World Bank’s Human Capital Index 2020 Update found an average increase of five percent in the human capital index across countries.

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