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Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on food value chains through efficient logistics











​FAO. 2020. Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on food value chains through efficient logistics. Rome.




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    FSN Forum report of activity No. 166
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    This document summarizes the online discussion Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on food value chains through efficient logistics held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 4 June to 6 July 2020. The discussion was facilitated by Marco V. Sánchez, Deputy Director of the Agrifood Economics Division of FAO. This online discussion invited participants to share how the measures aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the logistics of food value chains in their respective countries. Participants discussed which measures have been put in place regarding value chains, and how the post-pandemic phase is being approached. Some contributors also shared observations and ideas on logistics and value chain dynamics in the context of the COVID-19 crisis more broadly.
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    Food Loss and Waste Reduction through a Value Chain Development Approach to Transform Food Systems COVID-19 Response and Recovery - TCP/JAM/3804 2024
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    Contemporary food systems are presently falling short in their aim to provide nutritious and healthy food while contributing to inclusive and sustainable livelihoods. Despite the Caribbean region's potential to produce sufficient food for all, the prevalence of malnutrition, obesity, and diet related non communicable diseases is increasing. In Jamaica, this is further compounded by an approximate 30 percent of food loss and waste (FLW) within the agrifood system, caused by several challenges that were further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. First, technical capacity gaps among stakeholders, including insufficient data collection and analysis mechanisms, hinder a comprehensive understanding of FLW throughout the agricultural value chain. Second, labour shortages caused by COVID-19 restrictions and transportation disruptions resulted in increased loss and waste, particularly for perishable agricultural produce. Third, biosecurity and safety measures are crucial in reducing food loss and waste. Implementing appropriate measures to prevent the transmission of diseases, including COVID-19, at each link in the value chain is necessary to ensure the safety of workers and minimize spoilage. Fourth, small farmers face challenges in terms of poor production and post harvest handling practices, as they lack the technical skills and capital to upgrade their operations, and there is limited capacity within the MoAFM to provide training and support.
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    How is COVID-19 affecting the fisheries and aquaculture food systems 2020
    The full range of activities required to deliver fish and fish products from production to the final consumer is subject to indirect impacts of the pandemic through new sanitary measures, changing consumer demands, market access or logistical problems related to transportation and border restrictions. This in turn has a damaging effect on fishers and fish farmers’ livelihoods, as well as on food security and nutrition for populations that rely heavily on fish for animal protein and essential micronutrients. This policy brief reviews on going challenges and proposes measures to protect production and income of the sector and the most vulnerable, as well as maintain operations and support the supply chain.

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