As the COVID-19 pandemic turns into a global crisis, countries are taking measures to contain the pandemic.
Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now. But a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, which is a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more. The shipping industry is already reporting slowdowns because of port closures, and logistics hurdles could disrupt the supply chains in the coming weeks.
This policy brief provides recommendations on measures to consider in order to keep the supply chain alive in these times of crisis.