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Panel discussion on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food trade of the Commonwealth

The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures adopted to contain the spread of the virus have affected the food and agriculture sector in many ways. Restrictions on movements and partial border closures implemented around the world immediately affected food supply, demand and value chains, and led to short-term disruptions to international trade.

The severe effects of the pandemic on all economic activity and resulting reductions in income and rising unemployment rates are expected to affect access to food and food demand also beyond the immediate disruption of value chains.
The webinar will explore some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade in food products in Commonwealth countries in the early months of the pandemic.

Speakers

Andrea Zimmermann, Economist, FAO

Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, Director, Markets and Trade Division, FAO

Collin Zhuawu, Economic Adviser - Multilateral Trade, Commonwealth Secretariat

Manzoor Ahmed, World Trade Adviser, Senior Fellow Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director, Economic, Youth & Sustainable Development Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat (Moderator)

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