In this difficult time, we should tighten health protocols in agro-industrial value chains but without curbing the mobility of food or key inputs. Otherwise, the consequences could be extremely serious.
Eighty percent of the world’s poorest people — or 600 million people — live in rural areas, work in agriculture and, ironically, go to bed hungry.
In a few years, the pandemic will be behind us. We can decide whether we also leave behind deeply entrenched inequality and the structural drivers that cause them.
The pandemic has wiped out entire sections of many developing economies. Any policy intervention should treat the fight against COVID-19 like a war and the hardest-hit economies like conflict zones.
Like grocery baggers and delivery men, seafarers are undervalued by society and governments. Their rights are negligible, even though they make it possible for the rest of society to function.
The world is in a grueling 12-round fight against the coronavirus. In every round, there’s a risk of another lockdown.
The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a dual shock to supply and demand in quick succession. It’s a serious threat to food security because even though there is enough food for everyone in the world, it’s not a given that people have access to it.
It is precisely because the coronavirus doesn’t respect borders that global cooperation is the only shot at defeating it.
Trade restrictions are breaking supply chains, and coronavirus lockdowns are preventing laborers from working on farms. Countries need to step back and stop panicking.
As countries wage full-on war on the coronavirus, they should also have a battle plan to lessen the shocks to their food supply chains. Here’s how.