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How to prevent a global food and nutrition security crisis under COVID-19?

Shenggen Fan (), Wei Si and Yumei Zhang

China Agricultural Economic Review, 2020, vol. 12, issue 3, 471-480

Abstract: Purpose - The purposes of this paper are to review the impact on food and nutrition security of several pandemic emergencies and the 2018 food price crisis from a global perspective, examine the Chinese experiences and lessons in ensuring food and nutrition security for its citizen and propose policy actions to prevent a global food and nutrition security crisis. Design/methodology/approach - The authors utilize a noncomprehensive review of peer-reviewed and nonpeer-reviewed literature, as well as a case study approach. Findings - Under the ongoing COVID-19, China's food and nutrition are relatively secure in short run largely due to governmental proactive policies but may face uncertainties in livestock production and imports of soybean in the medium and long terms. Given that the disease has spread to almost all countries in the world, global cooperation and coordination are needed to prevent systemic risks to global food and nutrition security. Practical implications - The review and analysis of this paper will help policymakers in China and other countries to design strategies and actions to prevent food and nutrition security crisis under the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and other similar threats in the future. Originality/value - This paper provides recommendations to prevent food and nutrition security crisis based on data, evidence and case studies.

Keywords: COVID-19; Epidemic infectious diseases; Food and nutrition security; Vulnerable groups; Food supply chains (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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