Alimentation et agriculture durables


World Economic Forum: FAO Director-General speaks against food trade restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 March 2020

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, today invited the World Economic Forum (WEF) to work with the UN agency in protecting and strengthening food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director-General noted that supermarket shelves were currently stocked, despite the lockdowns imposed by many countries to slow the spread of the virus. But he warned that a protracted pandemic could strain food supply chains, thereby impacting farmers, processing plants, shipping services, retailers and others.

“As countries combat the coronavirus pandemic, they must also make every effort to keep the gears of their food supply chains moving, specifically the logistic part of the value chain which is today the major concern because of the lockdowns,” Qu said. “Restricting trade is not only unnecessary, it would hurt producers and consumers and even create panic in the markets.”

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