Caribbean Food Security & Livelihoods Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Cost of Living Crisis BELIZE | Summary Report 2023
17 February 2023
Inflation trends driving the current cost of living crisis are compounding the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. People in Belize are confronted with the local impacts of this global crisis as they continue to face challenges to earn a living and meet their critical needs. CARICOM and the World Food Programme launched the Caribbean Food Security and Livelihoods Survey to gather data on people’s livelihoods, access to markets and food security, and provide snapshots of these impacts over time. This report analyses data from the fifth round of data collection, which took place from 19 July to 12 August 2022, and compares findings with survey rounds conducted in April 2020, June 2020, and February 2021. The online survey was circulated via social media, media outlets, SMS and emails. While the survey contributes to a better overview of impacts of the compound crisis, the data is not representative, and the use of an online questionnaire limits inputs from people without internet connectivity. Focus group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews (KIIs) were conducted to augment the survey findings with deeper insights on the impacts of the cost of living crisis through the lens of persons with disabilities and indigenous groups. The survey was conducted thanks to the support of WFP’s donors and the Joint SDG Fund.