Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Smart irrigation – Smart wash: Solutions in response to the pandemic crisis in Africa

Expanding irrigation could impact the availability of water for sanitation and hygiene which has a central role in slowing down the spread of the disease. It is, thus, clearer that irrigation development should also comply with the requirement of extended need of water for sanitation and hygiene. Developing multiple water use would certainly allow to fight the pandemic while ensuring the basic needs of food security in rural communities.

The COVID-19 challenge: Zoonotic diseases and wildlife

In this document, the Members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) propose four guiding principles to assist practitioners and decision-makers in making practical and scientifically informed responses. These principles aim to reduce the risk of future pandemics originating from wild animals, at the same time as strengthening the conservation of wildlife whilst respecting livelihoods, food security and culture of diverse groups of people.

FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme

The COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing human health and disrupting the food systems that are the foundations of health. Unless we take immediate action, we could face a global food emergency of severity and scale unseen for more than half a century. FAO is calling for USD 1.2 billion in initial investments to finance FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme that aims to provide an agile and coordinated global response to ensure nutritious food for all both during and after the pandemic.

FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme - Data for decision-making

The COVID-19 health crisis is having wide-reaching effects on all parts of society, including on food systems, livelihoods and food security. Timely and reliable information is essential to anticipate and mitigate its negative impacts, in particular, to identify those areas where the pandemic is generating new and unprecedented stress. Traditionally food insecurity hotspots in emergency contexts are most affected, also due to difficulties in supplying humanitarian assistance. In addition, depending on the response to the pandemic, new pockets of food insecurity may appear, even in countries and populations that have not previously been the focus of food security crises.

FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme - Global Humanitarian Response Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest global shocks in generations. The situation will be most acute in countries already experiencing food crises or those that are extremely vulnerable to shocks. Last year, 135 million people experienced crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity, of whom 27 million were in emergency conditions. For these populations, the impacts of COVID-19 could be catastrophic. As the pandemic progresses in food crisis contexts, there is a real concern about the growing risk of famine.

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