This report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) explores what the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and government responses mean for the effort to transform food systems to be more healthy and sustainable.
The report’s recommendations include:
- Use lessons learned from the pandemic to steer the food system towards being more resilient, healthy and sustainable.
- Use events planned for 2021 (including the UN Food Systems Summit, COP26 and the Nutrition for Growth Summit) to put food systems transformation on the development agenda.
- Expand social protection policies to protect vulnerable populations during economic, health or environmental crises.
- Seek innovative methods of financing food systems transformation, including support for impact investment and redirection of public funding.
Read the full report, 2021 Global food policy report: Transforming food systems after COVID-19, here or here (PDF link). See also the Table explainer What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock?