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COVID-19's impact on food security FAO celebrates its 75th anniversary on World Food Day. This year the day is overshadowed by COVID-19 and its huge impact on the world food situation. Many gains made over the last few decades, such as reducing stunting by one third since 2000, are going into reverse. How should the world respond?... search all news

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Agricultural labor, COVID-19, and potential implications for food security and air quality in the breadbasket of India. To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, India imposed a national lockdown at the end of March 2020, a decision that resulted in a massive reverse migration as many workers across economic sectors returned to their home regions. Migrants provide the foundations of the agricultural workforce in the...

Equity as both a means and an end: lessons for resilient food systems from COVID-19. Food systems are important sites of economic stress, political response and adaptation. Access to food is also an important marker of how well a society distributes its wealth, reflecting the state of political accountability, economic redistribution, and the society's level of commitment to uphold...

Addressing college food insecurity: an assessment of federal legislation before and during coronavirus disease-2019. Research conducted before coronavirus disease-2019 illustrated high rates of food insecurity among college students. The pandemic has likely increased student food insecurity because of factors like unemployment and closure of campus resources, and many students cannot access federal food...

Food first: COVID-19 outbreak and cities lockdown a booster for a wider vision on urban agriculture. The COVID-19 emergency has revealed the extreme fragility of large cities to unexpected complex global risks and crises. City lockdown has led to increasing awareness of the vital importance of food availability for citizens. The combined effect of border closure and movement restrictions increased...

The response of the EU agri-food chain to the COVID-19 pandemic: chronicles from the EU and selected member states. This research article aims at providing a preliminary assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the EU agri-food sector between March and May 2020. To this end, an analysis of the policy and legislative measures adopted during this period at EU level is first provided. Then, national experiences of...

COVID-19 pandemic implications for food and nutrition security in Brazil. The emergence of COVID-19 in Brazil further explained the massive discrepancy between different social realities coexisting in the country, rekindling the discussions about food and nutrition security, similarly to what has been happening in other countries facing the same pandemic situation. In...


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Preparedness and response to pandemics and other infectious disease emergencies. This chapter discusses the principles and practice of emergency preparedness and response as applied to infectious disease emergencies, using influenza as an example. It describes the epidemiology and spread of pandemic influenza, the detection and tracking of influenza viruses, principles of...

The animal connection. This chapter reviews the animal origins of some of the most serious infectious diseases of humans, which include human immunodeficiency virus infections, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. It also discusses the role of bats as a reservoir host for other...

A holistic view to managing the inevitable in high-tech and resource-poor settings. This book chapter provides an introduction into disaster medicine and disaster management in both resource-rich and resource-poor setting. It provides a summary of the specific sections in the book, which specifically discusses the following: mitigation, training and medical preparedness; the...


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Gender and nutrition security. Many studies on nutrition that include gender do not take it further than observing male-female differences. In this review, I use the concept in the sociological sense and I conceptualize nutrition as embedded in household food security and pertaining to (gendered) performances that require...

What drives policy reform? A cross-country review of micronutrient policy change in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia. There is increased interest and awareness in country and among donors of the importance of evidence-based policy change in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While much is known about the technical and programmatic elements necessary to end hunger and undernutrition (including...

Food and geopolitics: when food security and hard security considerations converge - mini review. In academic research on food security, developmental and technocratic perspectives prevail. Raising agricultural productivity sustainably, guaranteeing accessibility of food to vulnerable segments of the population and nutritional impacts are at the centre of attention. Yet, food security also...

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