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Legal mechanisms to contribute to safe and secured food supply chains in times of COVID-19











FAO. 2020. ​Legal mechanisms to contribute to safe and secured food supply chains in times of COVID-19. Rome.



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    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted peoples lives and the State of Kuwait has demonstrated strong commitment in curbing the virus and addressing the impacts on all sectors of society. Kuwait used a variety of instruments and reduced the risks associated with international markets, including ensuring food availability for all by focusing on markets, consumers’ needs and preferences, and most prominently, mobilized the successful efforts of the private sector and civil society. This policy brief is drawn out from three virtual consultations (webinars) organised by United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Kuwait in collaboration with ESCWA, FAO, GSSCPD, PAAF, PAFN, and UNOPS2 between May and July 2020. While some recommendations focus on issues in the short term, they primarily target the policy-level actions required for building resilience of food systems to minimise the disruptions in supply chains in the long-term perspectives.

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