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Policy responses to keep input markets flowing in times of COVID-19











FAO. 2020. ​Policy responses to keep input markets flowing in times of COVID-19. Rome.




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    As the COVID-19 pandemic turns into a global crisis, countries are taking measures to contain the pandemic. Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now. But a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, which is a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more. The shipping industry is already reporting slowdowns because of port closures, and logistics hurdles could disrupt the supply chains in the coming weeks. This policy brief provides recommendations on measures to consider in order to keep the supply chain alive in these times of crisis.
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    Information and tools for young agricultural workers during COVID-19 crisis 2020
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    The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis which is already affecting the food and agriculture sector. Countries with existing humanitarian crises are particularly exposed to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Support to ensure sustainable agriculture production and maintaining the critical supply chain linkages are extremely important during this crisis and in the context of associated lockdown measures implemented by countries. FAO is playing a key role in assessing and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on people’s lives and livelihoods, global food trade, markets, food supply chains and livestock. To mitigate the pandemic’s impacts on food and agriculture, FAO urges countries to meet the immediate food needs of their vulnerable populations, boost their social protection programmes, keep global food trade going, keep the domestic supply chain gears moving, and support smallholder farmers’ ability to increase food production. There are multiple challenges that need immediate attention to safeguard the livelihoods of the smallholders. Some of these challenges include maintaining the linkages with input suppliers, access to markets, provision of knowledge on innovative technologies and practices, and above all maintaining the employment opportunities for rural agricultural workers and youth. Addressing these challenges requires tools, methods and training resources that young agricultural development professionals and rural youth as the critical agents can apply to facilitate the use of innovative solutions and practices by farmers to be able to face these challenges posed. This brief offers a package of tools, training materials and best practices that are immediately available to support youth in responding to the challenges of the pandemic from a food and agriculture point of view.
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    Team: Time-critical emergency agriculture inputs assistance to marginal and food insecure farming households to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing food crisis
    Project fact sheet – OSRO/AFG/008/CHA
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    This project fact sheet summarizes the key aspects of this project (Time-critical emergency agriculture inputs assistance to marginal and food insecure farming households to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing food crisis), objective, budget, geographical scope, people assisted, assistance modalities, crosscutting issues and SDGs contribution. The key objective of this project is to protect the agricuture-based livelihoods of the most vulnerable marginal farming households from the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 shock and the worsening of the existing food crisis. This time-critical and season-sensitive assistance is provided in 15 provinces in the form of quality agriculture inputs, such as certified wheat seeds and fertilizers, accompanied by technical training on optimized cultivation techniques, climate-smart agriculture and natural pest management, as well as sensitization and awareness building on COVID-19 safety measures to be adopted throughout farm level practices and in local market participation.

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