Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Policy briefs

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting not only food trade, food supply chains and markets but also people’s lives, livelihoods and nutrition.

This collection of policy briefs presents a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the pandemic’s impacts on these areas.

Briefs are released on a day-to-day basis. Please check back frequently for the latest available briefs.

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National agrifood systems and COVID-19 in South Sudan: Effects, policy responses, and long-term implications

The COVID-19 pandemic has put significant pressure on health systems all around the world. The drastic measures established to contain its spread are creating serious impediments to economic activity (including agrifood systems) and, consequently, to livelihoods and food security and nutrition. 

This report is part of a series of country profiles that describe: (i) policy measures enacted by governments to contain the spread of the virus; (ii) policies and measures to stabilize the functioning of agri-food systems; (iii) potential effects of policies on agri-food systems and vulnerable groups. Finally, the profiles also assess longer-term options for agri-food system policies and investments to make them more resilient.

Seasonal migration in Europe and Central Asia in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Seasonal migration has been greatly affected by COVID-19 mobility restrictions. More specifically, migrant workers engaged in seasonal employment have suffered an immense blow as a result of the enforcement of lockdown measures, which further increased the uncertainty of their livelihoods and of the welfare and economic security of their households in their countries of origin. This brief has been prepared as part of the work on addressing migration-related issues across the region of Europe and Central Asia, including the impact of COVID-19 on seasonal migration. The brief is reviewing the situation in the countries of the region, where seasonal migration is more common. It presents the assessment of the pandemic’s impacts on the mobility of migrants, food security of households, remittance flows, as well as the policies of the countries in the region to ease the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.

ContactNvard Loryan, Programme Specialist and Country Analyst at the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of veterinary services and animal disease reporting

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the lives of individuals, communities, and societies around the world, including those working in the animal health sector. To further examine the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of animal health workers and their ability to report animal disease, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH) and Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES-AH) conducted surveys to collect and analyze data on the topic. To do so, EMPRES-AH designed a survey using the Event Mobile Application (EMA-i) tool, which was developed by FAO to support veterinary services in real-time disease reporting, whereas EMC-AH developed a specific survey for veterinary services that was circulated through national Chief Veterinarian Officers (CVOs) with support from FAO regional offices. This brief presents a breakdown of both surveys, the methodology behind them and a summary of the feedback.

Contact personMadhur Dhingra, Senior animal health officer and Head of the Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES-AH)

Food systems and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the difficulties cities face in managing crises that are exacerbated by population density and depend on supply chains that often start outside the city for their resolution. For this reason, one of the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic crisis has been an increase in hunger and malnutrition, hence reduced food and nutrition security.

Coping strategies of dairy cooperatives and loss and waste reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of India and Japan

Unlike any other crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted food value chains at all levels (production, processing, logistics and even consumer behaviour to name a few). The impacts vary across countries and are constantly changing with the spread of the pandemic as governments, stakeholders and other actors in value chains adopt and implement a broad spectrum of measures to manage the spread of the virus and mitigate its impacts on food insecurity and poverty. The present brief reviews secondary information pertinent to the impacts of COVID-19 on dairy producing/processing cooperatives, and their coping strategies, with a view to developing policy recommendations that focus on food loss and waste reduction. 

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