A COVID-19 opportunity: Applying a systems approach to food security and noncommunicable diseases

Murphy et al.

[Extract] Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly dependent on food imports from larger nations, with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Pacific islands combined importing almost $5 billion in food in 2018, and more than half of SIDS countries importing more than 80% of their food, much of it nutritionally poor and highly processed (1). This has been an important driver of high levels of obesity (>30% of adults), food insecurity, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) (between 10-30% of adults) in these countries (2). The susceptibility of the SIDS food system to shocks in the supply chain of imported foods has been dramatically exposed in recent weeks through the growing COVID-19 pandemic with discussions focused on food security and vulnerability to climate change (3).[...]

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