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COVID-19 and the Risk to Food Supply Chains: How to Respond?

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Online Location
http://www.fao.org/family-farming/detail/en/c/1268820/
Publication date
29/03/2020
Number of Pages
7
Language:
English
Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Global
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Nutrition / Food Systems
Market / Trade
Commodity:
Crops
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Livestock
Source
http://www.fao.org/family-farming/detail/en/c/1268820/
Author
Maximo Torero Cullen
Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

ABSTRACT

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.