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Towards resilient food systems: Implications of supply chain disruptions and policy responses

Koen Deconinck, Ben Henderson, Daniel Gregg and Daniel Hill

No 205, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: This paper explores food supply chain resilience and its connection to resilience of food systems more broadly. In terms of availability and affordability, food supply chains have been resilient to a wide range of shocks. Trade plays an important risk pooling role in allowing countries to draw on international markets in the face of domestic shocks. Some domestic policies have helped absorb supply chain shocks, for example support to low-income households or the removal of supply chain bottlenecks. Other measures like export restrictions exacerbate instability. The concept of food systems resilience goes further than availability and affordability of food. It includes broader objectives (like livelihoods and environmental sustainability), and must also anticipate a broader range of shocks, as well as the pressures generated by food systems themselves on the environment. Policy makers should therefore take a more complete systems-wide view of resilience.

Keywords: blind spots; climate change; food security; Food supply chains; trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 Q13 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-09-22
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