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.
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 situation calls for careful monitoring of production and prices, promotion of transparent international and domestic trade policies, and expanded coverage of safety nets and nutrition programs for the households most severely affected.