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The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Food Security l FSP webinar series

FAFS' Food Security Program (FSP) has launched the webinar series “The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Food Security"  led by Dr. Martin Keulertz, chair of the FSP Executive Committee, and Rachel Bahn, FSP Coordinator.  

The first online session, held April 23, included invited international guest speakers, who participated in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Keulertz and Ms. Bahn. The panel  considered several timely questions on the topic of “food trade" and how countries such as Lebanon can brace for the expected disruptions within the global trading system. The panel also discussed ways that the COVID-19 pandemic will shape long-term food security strategies and its impact on food geopolitics.

The second webinar session of the series (April 30) explored the “Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in the Global South" Led by Dr. Keulertz and Ms. Bahn, this discussion included Vandana Shiva from India, Vanessa Empinotti ‎from Brazil, Rami Zurayk from Lebanon, Mustaf Abdirahman from Somalia, and Ibrahim Bahati from Uganda.

Each explained their view on the ways in which COVID-19 impacts food security in their respective regions and described their primary concerns for the agri-food systems in the global south, especially those regions that already face socioeconomic challenges‎ ‎and conflict.


Web Links to the Series:

Session 1: “COVID-19 Impact of food trade" Watch  here. List of speakers here

Session 2: “COVID-19 Impact on Food in the Global South" Watch here.  List of speakers here.

Session 3: "COVID-19 lessons for Water and Climate" Watch here. List of speakers here.

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