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COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems: Symptoms, Causes, and Potential Solutions
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has taken stock of the past 100 days amid the global pandemic, with a new communiqué on COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems. What are the symptoms and causes of this food crisis? Why are we in the midst of this perfect storm? What can be done immediately to avert more damage to society and the economy? And what are the structural changes we now need to protect people and planet?
The press release is reproduced below. The communiqué is available here: http://www.ipes-food.org/_img/upload/files/COVID-19_CommuniqueEN.pdf
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14 APR 2020 | PRESS RELEASE | IPES-FOOD COMMUNIQUÉ
COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems
“Under-valued and under-protected, the vulnerabilities of health and food systems are laid bare by COVID-19”
Brussels, 14 April 2020 –The COVID-19 pandemic shows that health and food systems, and the people underpinning them, have been “under-valued and under-protected” for years – according to the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
But while COVID-19 has exposed critical weaknesses and inequalities, “the crisis has given a glimpse of new, more resilient ways of feeding communities”.
In a new communiqué taking stock of 100 days of the pandemic, IPES-Food points to a perfect storm at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis:
Olivier De Schutter, IPES-Food co-chair and incoming UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said:
“In reality, our food systems have been sitting on a knife-edge for decades. Children have been one school meal away from hunger, countries are one export ban away from food shortages, and farms are one travel ban away from critical labor shortages. Families in the world’s poorest regions are more vulnerable than ever to food insecurity, untenable living costs, and forced migration.”
IPES-Food calls for immediate action by world leaders to protect food workers and farmworkers, secure people’s access to food, and stave off the worst impacts of the crisis. The Panel also calls for three structural reforms to build resilience to future shocks:
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