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Food Security Program webinars’ series: " The impact of COVID-19 on Global Food Security''


Webinar 3: COVID-19 lessons for Water and Climate

The third webinar of the series "The impact of COVID-19 on Global Food Security'' addressed the impact of COVID-19 on global food security and specifically, on water security and climate. International speakers included: Rachael McDonnell (International Water Management Institute), Mark Mulligan (King's College London), Rabi Mohtar (American University of Beirut), Cecilia Tortajada (National University of Singapore), and Jeroen Warner (Wageningen University & Research). Watch via:


Webinar 4: Impact of COVID-19 on Nutrition Security

The webinar discussed key impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition security – globally, regionally, and locally. Speakers shared their opinions regarding the crucial intervention points needed. More than 100 viewers joined the live webinar to hear the input of high profile speakers that included: Lawrence Haddad (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)) Patrick Webb (Tufts University) Lauren Landis (Un World Food Program (WFP)) Nahla Hwalla & Lamis Jomaa (American University of Beirut). Watch via:


Webinar 5: Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Food Systems

Webinar five addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the sustainability of global food systems ‎and identified crucial intervention points for the upcoming months and the years ahead. Extraordinary speakers led the webinar, including Robert Paarlberg (Harvard University), Tony Allan (SOAS University of London & King's College London), Thomas Hertel (Purdue University), Chris Perry (Former- World Bank), and Martin Keulertz (American University of Beirut). Watch via:


Webinar 6: Food Security Strategies in the Middle East after COVID-19

The webinar discussed the impact of COVID-19 on food security and food systems in the Middle East and North Africa ‎region, and the strategic responses needed. The webinar featured: Mahmoud El Solh (High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) and former Director General of ICARDA), Ghada Ahmed (Duke University), Turki Faisal Al Rasheed and Rachel Bahn (American University of Beirut).  Watch via:

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