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International Food Security and the Pandemic

Join webinar discussing COVID-19’s global impacts on agriculture

International Food Security and the Pandemic

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) is hosting an online meeting that may be of interest to CTAHR faculty and stakeholders. “Food Security and Nutrition in the Context of COVID-19: Impacts and Interventions” is offered on Thursday, June 4, 7:30–9:30 a.m. HST.

The pandemic and the measures put in place to stop its spread are impacting agricultural productivity, livelihoods, markets, trade and policy actions, food consumption and nutrition, hygiene, and resilience. BIFAD, a presidentially appointed advisory board to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is convening a virtual public meeting to share the thinking of leading experts in food security and nutrition as related to COVID-19 impacts.

This will include consideration of the most promising short-, medium-, and long-term responses across several key areas: farm-level productivity, markets and trade, access to finance, nutrition, safe and hygienic food systems, gender, and national and local policy. The meeting will include presentations of credible modeling data about the scale and breadth of anticipated food security impacts in the developing world and a summary spanning near- to longer-term interventions and guidance that may help to mitigate COVID-19 impacts.

The meeting will also provide sources of helpful information, such as landing pages for information related to the crisis and response. The meeting is intended to help to support decision-making by USAID and its partners and stakeholders working to advance food security, nutrition, and resilience at global, regional, and national levels. A public comment period will take place at 9:10 a.m.

Register for the Webinar here. For logistical questions, contact Jordan Merker, jmerker@aplu.org. All other questions can be directed to BIFAD’s designated federal officer, Clara Cohen, at ccohen@usaid.gov.

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