It’s not enough to slog along at the bottom of the recession in a U-shaped recovery. There will be more COVID-19s to come, and this is a rare opportunity to build resilience to manage risks.
The world is in a grueling 12-round fight against the coronavirus. In every round, there’s a risk of another lockdown.
Trade restrictions are breaking supply chains, and coronavirus lockdowns are preventing laborers from working on farms. Countries need to step back and stop panicking.
The sooner countries can implement tough mitigations, the lower the scope of the pandemic and subsequent damage to the economy will be. Even those countries without any confirmed cases should act now.
This 10-minute video — “Central America without Hunger: What is the Best Approach to Make It Happen?” — highlights the food and nutrition challenges facing the region and how they can be addressed.
Unfortunately, countries keep subsidizing products of low nutritious content, favoring staple foods over fresh produce. This has a negative effect on nutrition and dietary diversity, often where they are most needed.