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COVID-19 and food systems: Short- and long-term impacts


No 166, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic placed unprecedented short-term stresses on food supply chains around the world. However, rapid responses by both private-sector actors and policy makers mostly managed to prevent severe disruptions. Yet, even before the outbreak of COVID-19, food systems were faced with a formidable “triple challenge” of simultaneously providing food security and nutrition to a growing global population, ensuring the livelihoods of millions of people working along the food chain from farm to fork, and ensuring the environmental sustainability of the sector. This paper discusses the stresses COVID-19 created in food supply chains and the remarkable resilience these supply chains have demonstrated in high-income countries, as well as specific impacts in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors and the importance of transparency in avoiding a COVID-19 induced food crisis. The paper concludes by discussing the long-term challenges for food systems, arguing that the unanticipated shock of COVID-19 strengthens the case for shifting from ‘business as usual’ policies to a more forward looking policy package for food systems.

Keywords: Aquaculture; Fisheries; Food security; Lockdown; Nutrition; Stockpiling; Supply chain resilience; Sustainability; Transparency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L66 L81 L83 L91 Q17 Q18 Q22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-07-27
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