Expert Panel 6

Looking ahead: Food systems resilience beyond COVID-19

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Agro-food, Trade and Markets Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Time: Tuesday, 19. January 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Languages: English, German

COVID-19 and its associated lockdown restrictions introduced unforeseen stresses on food systems. Bottlenecks in logistics and labour and an unprecedented shift in consumer demand disrupted supply chains. Public health measures to respond to the pandemic also increased the food insecurity of vulnerable populations. Governments and private actors adopted measures to ensure product flows and market functionality and to support distressed producers, workers, and consumers, limiting the shocks for the sector. Still, the COVID-19 crisis adds to the “triple challenge” of food systems to simultaneously provide food security and nutrition to a growing global population, secure the livelihoods of millions working along the food chain, and ensure environmental sustainability.

Improved policies are needed to address this triple challenge while bolstering the resilience of food systems, not just to COVID-19, but also to climate change and other risks. In particular, governments need to complement their crisis responses with measures that meet longer-term objectives, while winding down temporary relief measures that may limit future resilience. This panel will discuss how this can be achieved by combining insights from the private sector, academia, NGOs, and governments during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. How can we improve the governance of risks? What investments are needed? How should the sector prepare for long-term risks? And what existing policies are hampering risk management?


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Shenggen Fan is currently Chair Professor and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP) at China Agricultural University (CAU). Prior to joining CAU, Shenggen Fan was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2009 to 2019.

He is currently a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General. He served as member, vice chair and chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security. Dr. Fan was awarded an honorary life member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) in 2018, and became Fellow of American Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in 2020.

Panel Guests

Marion Jansen is Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) She previously held senior positions in the International Trade Centre, the World Trade Organization and the International Labour Office.

Marion Jansen holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Toulouse, Konstanz and Passau. She has lectured in multiple academic institutions, including the University of Geneva and the World Trade Institute.
Marion Jansen has published widely on international trade and global economic governance including in refereed journals and as editor of or contributor to books. She notably co-edited the volumes “Women Shaping Global Economic Governance” and “Shared Harvests: Agriculture, Trade and Employment” and published academically on the use of scientific evidence for international food safety standards.
A German national, Marion Jansen grew up in the Netherlands. Next to German and Dutch, she speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Bill Jolly serves as the SVP Procurement supporting the Crop Science division of Bayer.  Based in Germany, Jolly oversees Procurement activities supporting the end-to-end global supply chain focused on delivering products services to customers.

Jolly spent more than 27 years at Bayer, holding various leadership roles. His breadth of experience includes leadership roles in Crop Protection, Pharma, Seeds and Traits, and Vegetables in both emerging and developed markets, as he’s had assignments both in Europe and Asia.

Jolly received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Science & Technology and an EMBA from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.

Graziella Romito is Director of international relations at the Italian Ministry of agricultural food and forestry policies. In this role, she represents the Ministry at high-level meetings of OECD, FAO, G20, G7, WTO, and European Institutions. She provides technical and political advice in several development cooperation projects.

From 2009 to 2014 held the position of director of rural development. She led for the Ministry the negotiation with EU for the 2014-2020 CAP reform for the rural development. She coordinated the definition and implementation of rural development policies, and oversaw analytical works on innovation, productivity and sustainability in agriculture, resilience, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

From 1999 to 2009, Graziella Romito led the administrative secretariat of the Experimental Oenology Institute of Asti.

She holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Siena.

Edegar de Oliveira Rosa has more than 20 years working on sustainability, specially focusing on local development, social issues, certification and soft commodities supply chains. Edegar holds a BA in Agronomy from UNESP-Brazil and an MBA in Business Management and International Operations from FIA-USP-Brazil. He has been the leader of the Food and Agriculture program in WWF Brazil since 2015 with an agenda focusing on negative impact mitigation from soft commodities including: reduction of conversion of natural vegetation, better agriculture practices implementation of Brazilian NDC and sustainable consumption. He is a member of the Food and Markets Leadership teams and coleader of the Cerrado Initiative.


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