The emergence of this COVID-19 pandemic is causing great concern and challenges worldwide, both for human health and for the social and financial comfort of individuals, as well as for food safety and nutrition. The situation is particularly difficult because it is not predictable.
While the situation stabilizes in some countries, the crisis resurfaces or is perpetuated elsewhere. Travel restrictions, quarantine measures, trade barriers, and distribution slowdowns have disrupted food chains, trade, and logistics, hitting economies hard.
Why is the COVID-19 pandemic a challenge?
Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing the world economy into a recession not seen since World War II. Authorities and donors are rightly focused on meeting the urgent demands of the poorest and most at risk populations.
Indeed, many people have suffered a loss of employment or a significant drop in their sources of income. The food relief measures and the nutrition and social security plans will be able to support them in these difficult times. Visit the site to find out more about the covid-19 pandemic.
What can be done?
Achieving the 2030 Stable Development Goals, including the fight against hunger and poverty, is now a more difficult task. However, new efforts are needed to develop viable agricultural and food systems that are more resilient to crisis and disruption.
In addition, it is also essential that the agriculture and food supply chains remain efficient, especially during times of containment, and comply with the provisions for protection against COVID-19 infection.
For example, food that meets current safety requirements must be allowed to cross borders. Agricultural producers must have the inputs, funds and markets to grow, harvest and market their products. Consumers must have the confidence to buy safe, nutritious and inexpensive food.