COVID-19, food systems, and One Health in an urbanizing world: Research responses at a national level
COVID-19’s relentless march across the globe and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions have affected the lives of women and men everywhere, far beyond health impacts alone. Fragilities in food systems, market access, trade, rural-urban mobility, agricultural labor, food security, diet diversity, inequities between genders, and the critical connections between human, animal, and environmental health were exposed, particularly in and around the rapidly-growing cities in low- and middle-income countries.
The evolving evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on urban food systems, and on the myriad of responses, reveals important insights into vulnerabilities and inequities, but also into lessons and possible solutions for strengthening the resilience of these systems. As decision makers gather for the UN Food Systems Summit, the global community has a unique opportunity to draw upon science to inform future actions on food security, One Health, and the (re)building of resilient and equitable food systems.
Please join us at this important UNFSS Science Days side event as an esteemed panel of scientists and national stakeholders identify key lessons from the pandemic and highlight how technologies and policies in the agri-food sector can help improve food and nutrition security for the world’s growing urban populations.
Managing Director for Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR
International Potato Center
CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
CGIAR Alliance of Bioversity International y CIAT
RENE VAN VEENHUIZEN
Senior Program Officer, RUAF
TB and HIV Research Directorate Director
Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Department of Planning and Policy Coordination,
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria
CGIAR International Food Policy Research Institute
and COVID-19 Hub Nigeria country team member
CGIAR International Livestock Research Institute
CGIAR International Potato Center
World Bank Group