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This food market in Kenya is open, but with social distancing and hygiene rules in place (Photo: World Bank / Sambrian Mbaabu, April 2020). Food systems around the world are affected in many ways by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures to contain it.
From 4 to 26 May 2020 the SDC Agriculture & Food Security Network has organized a 3 weeks e-discussion followed by a concluding webinar on governance in City Region Food Systems under the current COVID-19 reality. The discussion did not only give a good overview of what is happening on the ground. It also provided pathways for action to overcome this crisis.
The main take-aways, the summaries of the e-discussions as well as the slides and recordings of the webinars are now available in three languages:
Outcomes of E-DiscussionConclusion de la discussion en ligne Resultados de la discusión electrónica
Listen to what Marie Rachèle Léxidort, NPO at the Swiss Embassy in Haïti, has to say about the e-discussion and the webinar. (Interview in French, with English or Spanish subtitles)
en français | English subtitles en français | subtitulos en español
Members' Articles |
[by Tamiru Legesse, FAO Ethiopia] "The loss happening during storage is painful for us taking into consideration the money and labor invested in agricultural production" sais Amarech Heliso, a female farmer in Southern Ethiopia. With the support of SDC the FAO assists farmers in Ethiopia to adopt improved technologies to reduce postharvest losses of grain. The use of locally produced metal silos is one successful measure … [read more]
Mozambique is hit hard by the current health crisis because it depends on exports of raw materials, tourism and remittances. While adapting its activities to the new situation, the Program Food Security through Climate Adaptation and Resilience (FAR) adheres to a systemic approach to food security… [read more]
This comprehensive report describes the scale of acute hunger in the world. It provides an analysis of the drivers that are contributing to food crises across the globe and examines how the COVID-19 pandemic might contribute to their perpetuation or deterioration. The report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises, an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger. [read more]
This policy brief, based on research carried out by CETRAD in Kenya and the University of Bern in the context of an r4d project, calls for a phasing out of “highly hazardous” pesticides. Double standards for the regulation of these substances, which are harmful to farmers and the environment, should be eliminated. Training and incentives for pesticide-free farming should be promoted, such as use of push–pull technology for crop protection. [read more]
Who is who |
What do you love about your work, what is special about it?
What is your favourite place in the region you work in and why?
The Alps! I think that spending times in the mountains is the most inspiring activity and that you can learn a lot by walking in the nature.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from your work?
I think that communication between the different members of the network represents a real opportunity to connect people and to pass lessons learnt in a specific project to other projects in other parts of the world. The motivation of members to share and connect is the most important driver of enriched and fruitful exchanges. We are therefore depending on your contributions to increase the impact of our common learning!
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