Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Keeping food and agricultural systems alive

COVID-19 will have a negative impact on food systems and will worsen the sub-Saharan negative trajectory towards the achievement of SDGs 1 and 2. COVID-19 will cause economic slowdowns or even recessions in many African countries, and this will exacerbate existing food insecurity and malnutrition. COVID-19 and its immediate control measures limit people’s ability to access a healthy diet in different ways, including through reduced income, increased job insecurity, and reduced availability of diverse foods. In addition, malnutrition increases vulnerability to diseases. The food and agricultural sector will experience impacts through illness-related labor shortages, transport, logistics and processing interruptions, quarantine measures limiting access to markets, and supply chain disruptions in addition to increased food loss and waste. As in any policy option, the principle of do no harm should be the overarching consideration.

Exposure of humans or animals to SARS-CoV-2 from wild, livestock, companion and aquatic animals

Understanding the risk of exposure of humans or animals to SARS-CoV-2 from animals and their products is essential for containing virus spread, prioritizing research, protecting food systems, and informing national One Health investigations and mitigation measures. This Qualitative Exposure Assessment provides a comprehensive review of available scientific evidence and assessment of exposure risk from different wild or domestic animal species. Results can inform country-level risk assessment and provide the evidence base for targeted SARS-CoV-2 investigations in animals and mitigation options.

COVID-19 and Food Safety: Guidance for competent authorities responsible for national food safety control systems

The guidance highlights temporary measures that can be introduced to contain widespread food safety risks and reduce serious disruption to national food safety programmes, aiming to ensure the effectiveness of a reduced food safety inspection programme during COVID-19 pandemic in mitigation the food safety risks.

Running farmer field schools in times of COVID-19: A resource handbook

This handbook provides guidance and suggestions to farmer field schools (FFS) facilitators, Master Trainers, project coordinators and rural advisors to run FFS activities and other agricultural trainings in times of COVID-19. It includes basic protective measures, important considerations, proposed FFS activities, links to WHO resources and videos and more. It was written with FFS activities in mind, but will also be useful for Extension and Advisory Services and anyone running agricultural field trainings.

Data resources and analysis to understand the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts

In order to provide useful information to countries on the impact of the COVID-19 on Statistics and the response being provided by FAO and the International statistical community, the Office of the Chief Statistician (OCS) has prepared this brochure that contains essential information and documentation on the latest available data and technical publications on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Targeted to data users, it contains a snapshot of some of the latest resources (links to websites, dashboards, publications and initiatives) to understand the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. It covers the social and economic dimensions of the crisis, food security, labour and trade, among other topics. It will be continuously updated as more resources become available.

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