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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

WEBINAR: launch e-book COVID-19 & Global Food Security

4 August 2020. COVID-19 & Global Food Security. Organised by IFPRI. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis, which together pose a serious threat to food security, particularly in poorer countries. 

The e-book COVID-19 & Global Food Security (144 pages) brings together a groundbreaking series of IFPRI blog posts looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the policy responses. 

IFPRI researchers and guest bloggers provided key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment, and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how we can use these lessons to better prepare for future pandemics. 

These pieces draw on a combination of conceptual arguments, global and country-level simulation models, in-country surveys, case studies, and expert opinions. Together, they present a comprehensive picture of the current and potential impact of COVID-19 and the world’s policy responses on global food and nutrition security.

  • John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
  • Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI
  • Purvi Mehta, Senior Advisor & Head of Agriculture (SA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF-Asia)
  • Apollos Nwafor, Vice President, Policy and State Capability, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Moderator - Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


Chapter 1. COVID-19: Assessing impacts and policy responses for food and nutrition security [download]


Chapter 2. Poverty and food insecurity could grow dramatically as COVID-19 spreads [download]
Chapter 3. COVID-19 is exacerbating inequalities in food security [download
Chapter 4. COVID-19 lockdowns have imposed substantial economic costs on countries in Africa [download
Chapter 5. How China can address threats to food and nutrition security from the COVID-19 outbreak [download
Chapter 6. Assessing the toll of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the South African economy [download
Chapter 7. Addressing COVID-19 impacts on agriculture, food security, and livelihoods in India [download]


Chapter 8. The COVID-19 nutrition crisis: What to expect and how to protect [download
Chapter 9. COVID-19 is shifting consumption and disrupting dairy value chains in Ethiopia [download
Chapter 10. Survey suggests rising risk of food and nutrition insecurity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as COVID-19 restrictions continue [download]


Chapter 11. Lockdowns are protecting China’s rural families from COVID-19, but the economic burden is heavy [download]
Chapter 12. Economic impact of COVID-19 on tourism and remittances: Insights from Egypt [download]
Chapter 13. Significant economic impacts due to COVID-19 and falling remittances in Myanmar [download]


Chapter 14. COVID-19: Trade restrictions are worst possible response to safeguard food security [download]
Chapter 15. COVID-19 border policies create problems for African trade and economic pain for communities [download]
Chapter 16. COVID-19 lockdowns threaten Africa’s vital informal urban food trade [download]


Chapter 17. How COVID-19 may disrupt food supply chains in developing countries [download]
Chapter 18. Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on vegetable value chains in Ethiopia [download]
Chapter 19. Chinese livestock farms struggle under COVID-19 restrictions [download]


Chapter 20. Why gender matters in COVID-19 responses — now and in the future [download]
Chapter 21. Why gender-sensitive social protection is critical to the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries [download]


Chapter 22. Fiscal and monetary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: Some thoughts for developing countries and the international community  [download]
Chapter 23. Social safety nets are crucial to the COVID-19 response: Some lessons to boost their effectiveness [download]
Chapter 24. How India’s food-based safety net is responding to the COVID-19 lockdown [download]
Chapter 25. IFPRI’s COVID-19 Policy Response Portal: Identifying trends and implications for food systems [download]
Chapter 26. Water in the COVID-19 crisis: Response, recovery, and resilience [download]
Chapter 27. Prepare food systems for a long-haul fight against COVID-19 [download]


Chapter 28. Africa’s growing risk of diseases that spread from animals to people [download]
Chapter 29. COVID-19 and the promise of food system innovation [download]
Chapter 30. COVID-19 and resilience innovations in food supply chains [download]

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