COVID-19 and the risk to food supply chains: How to respond?

  • 23rd April 2020
  • by secretary
22 April 2020. FAO Brussels Dialogues. 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.

  • Introduction Rodrigo de Lapuerta
  • Máximo Torero Cullen FAO Chief Economist 
  • Leonardo Mizzi, Head of Unit at EC, DEVCO. Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development
  • Paolo De Castro European Parliament, chair of the parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Alexis Neuberg, Radio Afrika TV
  • Moderation Nils Janssens, FAO Brussels and Myrto Arvanti, International Forum on Food and Nutrition

Video forthcoming

17 April 2020. Dani Nierenberg of Food Tank interviewed Maximo Torero, Chief Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. They discuss the need to keep global supply chains strong in response to COVID-19.

21 April 2020. Dani Nierenberg of Food Tank interviewed Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca He talks about how to help support farmers during the coronavirus outbreak.