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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Agrifood Sector

Article contributed to The Journal of Agricultural Sciences–Sri Lanka

21 May 2020

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.

Click here (digital object identifier (DOI): http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v15i2.8794) to read the report.

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