Despite demographic differences, agriculture is a major source of global socioeconomic stability. All APO members face risks to their agrifood sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new report, publicly available information and insights from 19 individuals working in agrifood-related areas were synthesized to outline the policies each is following to alleviate threats to food security and prevent hunger.
The APO recently contributed an article, “Impacts of COVID-19 on the Agri-food Sector: Food Security Policies of Asian Productivity Organization Members” to The Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Vol. 15, No. 2, May 2020). The report suggests that the imminent, medium-, and long-term food security challenges due to COVID-19 vary among APO members, in addition to stressing the need for critical agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and safe, quality seeds, to meet seasonal crop calendars. The longer COVID-19 containment measures stay in place, the more challenging the recovery process will be for ensuring smooth food production, accessibility to staple food and nutrition, and international agrifood trade.