Covid-19 remains an acute threat to global food security. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) warned in the “World Food Convention – Digital Edition 2020”: “For countries that depend on agriculture, the system must work because there is no social safety net. People must farm in order to survive.”
“The hunger crisis caused by the pandemic cannot be solved by charity and donations alone,” said David Beasley, president of the World Food Programme. A long-term strategy is needed. Small farmers in developing countries have a key role to play in rethinking and transforming global food systems to make them more resilient and sustainable.
Continuous investment in agricultural science and research, securing value and supply chains for small farmers and the commitment of all stakeholders to invest in sustainability – these are the keys to global food security, says Dr. Frank Terhorst, Head of Crop Strategy & Portfolio Management in Bayer’s Crop Science Division. He sees a new urgency and a change of heart to tackle things together.
The video of the panel discussion HOW SHOULD RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEMS LOOK LIKE IN AND AFTER THE COVID-19 CRISIS? will be online in the next few days.