Food Security Risks Abound under COVID-19 Pandemic Scenario

Agnes Kalibata, special envoy to the UN Secretary General for the Food Systems Summit 2021, said, “Food systems have contracted, because of Covid-19. And food has become more expensive and, in some places, out of reach for people. Food is looking more challenging this year than last year. The main impact has been on markets, the shutdown of food markets. The lockdown has closed markets and that makes it very difficult for farmers. Last year, many countries used whatever opportunity they had to keep their food systems going. That is more difficult now. Food prices have increased significantly in some places.”

In Africa, particularly Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, the predicted drought cycle is much more serious than last year.

Thailand is seeing prices rise, and economies have shrunk around the globe. Distressed systems about, and prices are rising.


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