Responding to the Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Food Value Chains Through Efficient Logistics   [open pdf - 324KB]

From the Document: "To contain the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic (caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2]), governments around the world have implemented measures, including a severe reduction in the transportation of goods (ground, ocean freight and air freight), services that rely on transport, as well as migration of labour domestically and internationally. Workers are less available reflecting both disruptions in transportation systems and restrictions to stop the transmission of the disease, within and across borders. These factors induce overall disruptions in the logistics of the food supply chains, impeding the shipment of food and agricultural inputs, threatening food security and nutrition, particularly for the most vulnerable population segments. [...] The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) urges countries to maintain functioning food value chains to avoid food shortages, following practices that are being proven to work. This note summarizes some practices that could be useful for governments and the private sector to maintain critical logistical elements in food value chain."

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