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Expert Panel 2

COVID-19: Lessons for resilience building along agricultural value chains

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Time: Monday, 18. January 2021, 15:30 – 16:30 (CET)
Languages: English, German

Panel guests will be announced soon


While COVID-19 has had a great impact globally, the pandemic has hit the livelihood capitals of smallholder farmers in the developing world particularly hard. This includes effects on smallholders’ financial, market, social, human, and information and technology capitals. The multi-dimensional impacts of the pandemic have also interacted with climate stress, which is affecting natural capital, and magnified the economic, food and nutritional security impacts. Another major impact comes not from the pandemic per se, but from policy responses – containment measures such as shutdowns in relevant markets have an impact right along international value chains to supplying countries. Border closures have led to friction in trade and supply.

The aim of this panel is to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on food security in agriculture. What lessons can be drawn from different policy approaches and the different approaches of countries in order to foster resilience? How can value chains be made more resilient in respect of both international trade and local production? What conclusions can be drawn from experiences of other epidemics such as Ebola? This panel introduces and discusses experiences from different countries and continents, including Latin America, Australia, Western Africa and the EU, in order to identify potential pathways for future pandemic management and the improvement of food security situations in crisis situations.

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