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AUG 4, 2020 - 09:30 AM TO 10:45 AM EDT

Virtual Event - COVID-19 & Global Food Security

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis, which together pose a serious threat to food security, particularly in poorer countries. COVID-19 & Global Food Security brings together a groundbreaking series of IFPRI blog posts looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the policy responses. IFPRI researchers and guest bloggers provide key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment, and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how we can use these lessons to better prepare for future pandemics. These pieces draw on a combination of conceptual arguments, global and country-level simulation models, in-country surveys, case studies, and expert opinions. Together, they present a comprehensive picture of the current and potential impact of COVID-19 and the world’s policy responses on global food and nutrition security.

Join us for the launch of this e-book, where presenters will share how we can use these lessons to better prepare for the impact of future pandemics on global food and nutrition security.

Keynote Speakers

  • John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
  • Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI


  • Purvi Mehta, Senior Advisor & Head of Agriculture (SA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF-Asia)
  • Apollos Nwafor, Vice President, Policy and State Capability, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 



*Additional panelists forthcoming