COVID-19 Food Security

Impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security in DRC and South Sudan 2020

After the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 were identified in December 2019, the propagation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus infectious disease 2019) has been fast-evolving to date. The World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on the 12th of March 2020.

Using RippleNami’s rCAPTURE Mobile Data Collection Platform, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a phone survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, targeting businesses, workers and farmers. Later the same year, a similar survey was conducted in South Sudan.

The survey responses were recorded electronically using rCAPTURE and displayed in RippleNami’s cloud-based software, allowing IFPRI to see the data from all data collectors in real-time as surveys were submitted, eliminating the need for manual data aggregation.

DRC agriculture value chain survey assessment

December 2020

The International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) was commissioned by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to conduct an agricultural value chains assessment aimed at informing future investment options for the agricultural sector in the DRC.

IFPRI, through John Ulimwengu, Senior Research Fellow, performed surveys of the i) head of territory; ii) representative of firm’s association; iii) representative of farmers association; iv) representative of CSOs; and v) one representative for each targeted value chain, using RippleNami rCAPTURE Data Collection Platform.