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COVID19 Impact on Food Systems

The global disruptive effects of the recent covid-19 outbreak, are also affecting the work of FIT4FOOD2030. The outbreak and the disruptions resulting from it, in our view emphasize the need to further work on securing future food systems that are resilient, sustainable, innovative, adaptive and inclusive. Enhancing all these properties together allows complex systems like food systems to better be able to deal with sudden shocks such as pandemics. While those working throughout the food systems continue to work tirelessly to achieve food and nutrition security for the world’s population, crises like these expose the vulnerabilities of our current food systems. Disruptive events can lead to severe problems in for instance global markets, food supply chains, food security and socio-cultural dimensions of food consumption. We observe emerging and uncomfortable trade-offs between social, economic, environmental and health related dynamics in food systems. Read more

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