Building system-level partnerships to strengthen food systems

25 September 2020, 4:00 – 5:30 pm CEST / 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the global food system, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. The pandemic has resulted in logistics disruptions to international food markets, the imposition of physical distancing restrictions, and the prohibition in some countries on exporting food during the pandemic. These have impacted businesses’ supply chains, employees and contract workers across the value chain, and consumers through higher food prices and product availability. The most vulnerable have been disproportionately affected by high food prices, low product availability, and growing unemployment – especially for low-skilled workers. The current situation highlights the need of system-level partnerships, involving international organizations, governments, businesses, and civil society, not only to face these pressing problems that are pushing people to hunger and extreme poverty, but also to build a more resilient global structure for producing, managing and commercializing food. Part of Rebuild Better, Business Fights Poverty NYC Online, this virtual session will address the case for a systemic approach to food systems – and why it is so important for recovery and rebuilding post-COVID-19, share examples of system-level partnerships, and highlight priorities for action between now and the UN Food Summit 2021, as well as beyond.

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