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Coronavirus: a wake-up call to strengthen the global food system

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Global food production is incredibly efficient, and the world’s farmers produce enough to feed the global population. Despite this abundance, a quarter of the global population do not have regular access to sufficient and nutritious food. A growing and more affluent population will further increase the global demand for food and create stresses on land, for example, through deforestation.

Additionally, climate change is a major threat to agriculture. Increased temperatures have contributed to land degradation and unpredictable rainy seasons can lead to crop failure. While climate extremes impact the ability to produce food, the guarantee of food is more than just agricultural productivity. Today’s globalized food system consists of highly interconnected social, technical, financial, economic, and environmental subsystems. It is characterized by increasingly complex trade networks and an efficient supply chain, with market power located in the hands of few. A shock to the food system can lead to ripple effects in political and social systems. The 2010 droughts in wheat-producing countries such as China, Russia, and Ukraine, led to major crop failures, pushing up food prices on the global markets. This in turn was one of the factors that led to deep civil unrest in Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, as people were facing food shortages, which possibly contributed to the 2011 revolution spreading across the country.

Not all shocks to the global food system are directly linked to agricultural productivity or climatic conditions. The vulnerability of the interconnected food system has become painfully evident in recent months following the appearance of a different type of shock: a global pandemic. Although it started as a health crisis, COVID-19 quickly filtered through the political, social, economic, technological, and financial systems. Business interruptions resulted in a chain reaction that is projected to contribute to food crises in many parts of the world.

“Although harvests have been successful and food reserves are available, global food supply chain interruptions led to food shortages in some places because of lockdown measures,” writes the author of the commentary Franziska Gaupp, an IIASA researcher working jointly with the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) and Risk and Resilience (RISK) programs. “Products cannot be moved from farms to markets. Food is rotting in the fields as transport disruptions have made it impossible to move food from the farm to the consumer. At the same time, many people have lost their incomes and food has become unaffordable to them.”

The World Food Program has warned that by the end of 2020, an additional 130 million people could face famine. In the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic, borders have been closed and a lack of local production has led to soaring prices in some countries. In South Sudan, for example, wheat prices have increased 62% since February 2020. Difficult access to food, and related stress could then lead to food riots and collective violence.

“There will likely be more shocks hitting our global food system in the future. We need global collaboration and transdisciplinary approaches to ensure that the food chains function even in moments of crises to prevent price spikes and to provide all people with safe access to food,” concludes Gaupp.

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47 Comments on "Coronavirus: a wake-up call to strengthen the global food system"

  1. Dredd on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 12:18 pm 

    And how would you propose to do that (On The Origin Of The Home Of COVID-19 – 5).

  2. Richard Guenette on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 1:40 pm 

    To have sustainable agriculture to grow food, build greenhouses and stop cutting down trees to create more (unsustainable farm land).

  3. zero juan on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 2:24 pm 

    Mindless juanPee shit

    Richard Guenette said To have sustainable agriculture to grow food, buil…

  4. REAL Green on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 2:59 pm 

    Are widdle juanpee derangement is gettin REAL troubling Davy.
    We need to see the docter. REAL Bad like.

  5. More Davyskum sock puppetry ID theft and lunacy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 3:46 pm 

    Mindless daveee shit

    zero daveee on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 2:24 pm

  6. Davy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 5:26 pm 

    JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 2:59 pm

    Are widdle juanpee derangement is gettin REAL troubling Davy. We need to see the docter. REAL Bad like.”

    juanPee, I have been telling you this for years. You are skitzoaffective, fuck wak. This is lowering the status of this forum. You are the primary destructive variable to the loss of viewership you narcissistic POS.

  7. makati1 on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 5:36 pm 

    Western/Capitalist Big Ag is the problem as the elite want to control the world and that means all the food sources (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, etc).

    Mother Nature, not Big Ag, will cull the human herd. Be patient!

  8. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 5:43 pm 

    “Western/Capitalist Big Ag is the problem as the elite want to control the world and that means all the food sources (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, etc).”

    Mak, China has the biggest industrial agriculture sector in the world but no mention of that from you???

  9. makati1 on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:00 pm 

    JuanP/Davy, really? Proof please!

    Of course China would produce more food as it has four times the population of the US. BUT, it also has ~315,000,000 farmers, almost as many as the US has people. NOT industrial farming. Tens of millions of small farms that can survive Big Ag and the weather changes.

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/100615/4-countries-produce-most-food.asp

    The US has about 2,600,000 farmers so Big Ag rules. Actually, Mother Nature rules, but that’s another story that Amerikans are learning recently. Big Ag cannot control floods, droughts, whether variations, etc. as the climate changes.

  10. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:16 pm 

    “NOT industrial farming. Tens of millions of small farms that can survive Big Ag and the weather changes.”

    You are completely wrong, Mak. Do the research before you make a fool of yourself.

  11. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:22 pm 

    China To Gain Draconian Powers In Hong Kong Bill Unveiled Saturday
    Details of a bill unveiled on Saturday would grant China sweeping powers over the enforcement of a new national security law in Hong Kong. According to Reuters, citing the official Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong will establish a local national security council led by city leader Carrie Lam and supervised by a central government commission controlled by Beijing. The new Hong Kong body will also include a mainland adviser. New local police and prosecution units will be set up to investigate and to enforce the law, backed by mainland security and intelligence officers deployed to Beijing’s new commission. Lam will also have the power to appoint judges to hear cases related to national security, an unprecedented move likely to unnerve some investors, diplomats and business leaders in Hong Kong Currently senior judges allocate judicial rosters up through Hong Kong’s independent judicial system. -Reuters “From these initial details, this new law presents unprecedented legal questions that we will have to confront in coming years,” according to University of Hong Kong law school professor and barrister, Simon Young, who added that he was troubled by the apparent “broad supremacy” of the new law. Beijing and Hong Kong officials have sought to calm concerns over the new laws, insisting that only a small minority of “troublemakers” will be targeted (which, in China means anyone Muslims to pro-democracy dissidents).
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-gain-draconian-powers-hong-kong-bill-unveiled-saturday

  12. makati1 on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:30 pm 

    Davy, pretending to be JuanP is a waste of your life. But then, you have no life. Go fuck your nanny goat.LOL.

  13. Anonymouse on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:48 pm 

    Mak, the excetionaltard is completely out of control at this point. He is actively trying to get ‘Juanpee’ banned, by pretending to be him. Itself, is a bannable offense, but, the admins dont seem to have picked up on davys lunacy on that front yet. His behavior is simply appalling. The only ‘fix’ here, is to not more serial goat-abuse against the surviving animals on his fake ‘farm’, he needs to be in mental institution.

  14. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:50 pm 

    Mak, so you agree with me that China has the largest industrial agriculture system in the world. I love it when I am right.

  15. Anonymouse on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:52 pm 

    Mak, I love you.

  16. Anonymouse on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:54 pm 

    Mak, daddy, will you spank me.

  17. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 6:54 pm 

    You guys try to stay on topic please!

  18. Davy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:00 pm 

    Please don’t go to your bunker in Uraguay juanpee. Stay in America forever. You are an important asset for my country.

  19. makati1 on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:03 pm 

    Davy, get educated. I did NOT say that. Try to comprehend English. Maybe if you got off those drugs?

  20. JuanP on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:07 pm 

    Mak, you are the alcholic. Maybe you should not throw rocks in a glass house.

  21. Davy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:12 pm 

    I am the Exceptionalismist. Maybe I should not throw iphones in a glass shack.

  22. CONVICT-Guenette on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:14 pm 

    South Americans are lazy and a failed people

  23. Davy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:25 pm 

    So true CONVICT. So true. South Americans are the reason why America is collapsing. It’s all there falt.

  24. REAL Green on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:27 pm 

    Can we please bring Pink Poodle out to play now Davy?

    She’s REAL cute.

  25. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:32 pm 

    Trump Rally Size Falls Short of Expectations After Putting Tulsa on Edge
    (The Fat Boy is disappointed)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/us/politics/tulsa-trump-rally.html

  26. Davy on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:36 pm 

    Trump is a radical far right extremist Duncan. Just like Hitler was. That’s why I’m voting socialist in the upcoming election.

  27. Abraham van Helsing on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:55 pm 

    Good for you Davy. Voting socialism is the only way forward. Its about time we come together and live in collective harmony, regardless of whether you happen to be Jewish or a non-practicing Jew. It simply does not matter, as we are all equal under the Talmud.

  28. MUZZ-19 is another codename for operation CONVICT-19 you guyes on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 8:25 pm 

    UK: muzz stabs random people in the neck, three feared dead, two more in critical condition, “terror-related”

    braking news

  29. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 8:32 pm 

    Trump campaign CANCELS the President’s speech to Tulsa’s outdoor crowd
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8443507/Trump-campaign-CANCELS-Presidents-speech-Tulsas-outdoor-crowd-claiming-radical-protesters.html

    No one showed for the Fat Boy—
    Big disappointment. Even our intellectually challenged got the point they were putting themselves in danger.

  30. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 8:49 pm 

    Trump’s Big Campaign Revival Speech Turns Into a Story About a Ramp and His Fear of ‘Falling on My Ass’
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/crowd-gathers-for-trump-tulsa-rally-with-more-flags-than-masks?ref=home

  31. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 8:53 pm 

    “Donald Trump is having what has to be one of the worst public relations days of his life and holy cow, that is saying something. Saturday was yet another day of Black Lives Matter rallies nationwide, COVID-19 cases are growing exponentially, Attorney General Bill Barr was caught publicly lying not once, but twice in the last 24 hours, Trump and Barr’s plan to takeover the office of the Southern District of New York with a handpicked crony thwarted, the media was informed six members of Trump’s advance team tested positive for COVID-19 (including two members of the Secret Service) and now……..his crowd in Tulsa is a bust in every imaginable way. ”

    Seems the Fat Boy is having a bad day.

  32. MUZZ-19 is another codename for operation CONVICT-19 you guyes on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 9:50 pm 

    muzzie admit koran is not the original. many muzzies changed it many times. whitey supertard president studied koran and found many revisions, thousands.

    now other muzzies laughed at original muzzie who said koran is not original. all muzzies know koran is not original and are apostates

    china knew so they amputated all muzzies, starting with muzzie imams all 500 of them.

    Good for china

  33. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 12:38 am 

    This will interest anonymous, in Europe they found a 2000 year leather shoe from the Roman era:

    https://twitter.com/ArtifactsHub/status/1274390561185648641

  34. makati1 on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 12:40 am 

    “Mak, you are the alcholic. Maybe you should not throw rocks in a glass house.”

    Looking in that broken mirror again Misery Jackass?

  35. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 12:48 am 

    Many Trump supporters stayed at home out of fear for corona. At least Trump HAD a rally where the Dims have none. All they have is a stammering idiot, with 55% of America thinks he is dementing, according to the latest Zogby poll.

    America is over.

  36. ZOMFG you guyes MUZZ-19 is another codename for operation CONVICT-19 you guyes on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 12:51 am 

    British police storm an apartment after a frenzied stabbing spree by a ‘Libyan’ “muzz” man, 25, that left three dead and another three seriously injured in a park

  37. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 1:02 am 

    Nixon was right… “the stranglehold needs to be broken”:

    https://www.infowars.com/bolton-book-claims-trump-described-journalists-as-scumbags-who-should-be-executed/

    “BOLTON BOOK CLAIMS TRUMP DESCRIBED JOURNALISTS AS ‘SCUMBAGS’ WHO SHOULD BE ‘EXECUTED’“

    The jewish media has been trying to execute whitey for decades with their diversity propaganda. Now the blm-cows are coming home. Time for the Great Reckoning, both in the US and Europe. A certain Austrian was right about the “world plague”.

    Thanks to corona, a white nationalist dream come true, all the western multicult regimes are severely weakened and rife for a 1989-style overthrow, especially in the US, where it will happen first.

  38. makati1 on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 1:05 am 

    “Besides having an endless summer, the best mangoes in the world and the most fun modes of transportation, the Philippines is where my boys have learned valuable life lessons that I hope will guide them through the rest of their lives. We predominantly have an American culture in our home, but outside we embrace everything that is Filipino….

    A Filipino’s commitment to family and community is incomparable. My heart soars when I hear my sons refer to any adult as ‘Kuya’ or ‘Ate’ — it is so endearing. It has been such a comfort to be enveloped by neighbors, friends, and yayas who treat you as part of their family. Since we live so far from our relatives, this has been instrumental in our happiness and growth in Manila. My kids never want for attention because they have a doting ‘tita’ or ‘tito’ waiting to tickle or ‘kurot’ their cheeks at any given moment….

    The slogan “Its more fun in the Philippines” is the truth! We all get excited to hop on a jeepney or squeeze into a trike. These are experiences we would not be having anywhere else but here. Where else does an armed security guard joyfully gives kids high fives as they run wildly past him? These daily tasks are done with a smile and a warm greeting. Life is more fun in the Philippines because people make that choice….

    Never would have I ever thought my sons’ preferred meals would be galunggong fried to a crisp with a heaping pile of rice, AND eating it with their hands, the Pinoy way! I never imagined that the Kuya of our family could switch his accent like a light switch depending on who he was communicating with (Filipino vs. non-Filipino)…

    May my three Pinoy boys always remember that they are world citizens and life is much bigger than one country and one culture.”

    https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/i-want-to-raise-my-boys-knowing-filipino-values

    Long, but why I like it here and not in the opposite “culture”, Amerika. ^_^

  39. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 1:15 am 

    Trump government throws a Berman out, a “republican” who had been waging war against the Trump government:

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/geoffrey-berman-us-justizminister-william-barr-versucht-erneut-staatsanwalt-loszuwerden-a-f0f361df-1a12-494c-9e43-f465c3e609ae

    Berman is a youknowwho.

    His boss Barr, who threw him out, has a jewish father too, but Barr abandoned the khazar cult.

  40. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 2:59 am 

    Quite an energetic rally by Trump.

    3 minute summary:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zavQ1XZosEc

    There is no way the drooling idiot Biden could achieve anything like that. Let the left tell itself it is going to win again, they did that in 2016. You will be surprised how many black folk could vote for Trump, scared as they are for the consequences of BLM getting out of hand, resulting in CW2 and secession and US blacks losing their extraordinary privilege of living and being tolerated in white lands.

  41. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 6:16 am 

    Abraham van Helsing on Sat, 20th Jun 2020 7:55 pm

    “Good for you Davy. Voting socialism is the only way forward. Its about time we come together and live in collective harmony, regardless of whether you happen to be Jewish or a non-practicing Jew. It simply does not matter, as we are all equal under the Talmud.”

    This was my bad. I admit I knew this was JuanP ID theft but used it to take a jab at Davy. Davy deserves to steal my ID when I do this shit. I can’ help it I am dirty like Juan too.

  42. Davy on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 6:27 am 

    The criminality of the extremist left:
    “The 1793 Project Unmasked”
    https://reason.com/2020/06/12/protesters-activists-shor-floyd-1793-project/
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/1793-project-unmasked

    “Anyone who still doubts that woke progressives can pose a material threat to the pursuit of truth should consider the case of David Shor. A week ago, as protests over the unjust police killing of George Floyd took place in major cities across the country, Shor—a 28-year-old political scientist at the Democratic consulting firm Civic Analytics—tweeted some observations about the successes and failures of various movements. He shared research by Princeton University’s Omar Wasow, who has found that violent protests often backfire whereas nonviolent protests are far more likely to succeed. The impulse behind Shor’s tweet was a perfectly liberal one: He feels progressive reforms are more palatable to the public when protesters eschew violence. But many progressive activists on social media didn’t care whether the impulse was liberal, or even whether it reflected reality. They denounced Shor as a racist for daring to scrutinize the protesters, even if his aim was to make them more effective. One activist accused Shor of using his “anxiety and ‘intellect’ as a vehicle for anti-blackness.” Then she tagged Civis Analytics, and invited the company to “come get your boy.” Get him, they did. Civic Analytics promptly fired Shor…To understand why the “new p.c.” attained that influence, it’s necessary to revisit another influential magazine article from the same year: “The Coddling of the American Mind,” an Atlantic essay penned by the social scientist Jonathan Haidt and the civil libertarian attorney Greg Lukianoff. Their article was later expanded into a book, in which Haidt and Lukianoff blamed an increase in “safetyism”—an impulse to be sheltered not just from physical harm but emotional turmoil—for some of the new hostility to free speech. Their thinking has deeply informed my own writings about the censorious streak in campus activism: In my decade or so of covering higher education, I’ve reported hundreds of examples of progressive students citing their personal sense of safety as the reason they were demanding that punitive actions be taken against some other individual or entity that had offended them. While some critics have dismissed the idea that the antics of safety-obsessed college students matter very much to the broader culture, I’ve long warned that the small number—proportionally speaking—of young people inclined toward these tactics could do serious damage elsewhere. As I wrote in my book Panic Attack, “It’s not impossible to imagine the same kind of thing happening in the workplace: picture a boss who is afraid to reprimand negligent young employees out of concern that they will say their PTSD is triggered…In 1793, the Committee of Public Safety took charge of the French Revolution on a promise to “make terror the order of the day.” Evidence-free show trials and ideological purges followed, consistent with the radical leaders’ belief that public safety requires public terror. Needless to say, critics of today’s radicals do not live in terror of being sentenced to the guillotine. But losing employment and social standing is no small matter. Having a job is usually connected to having health care and economic security: the ability to afford food, housing, and medicine.”

  43. ZOMFG you guyes MUZZ-19 is another codename for operation CONVICT-19 you guyes on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 8:11 am 

    On This Day…
    Jun 21, 2004: Nazran, Ingushetia
    Jihadists rampage through Ingushetia’s largest city: 74 Killed

  44. REAL Green on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 11:04 am 

    Juanpee made too comments on the moderated side this morning Davy. And he still has more stars then us. It’s enough to make us go all real bat shit crazy like. To bad we can’t attack him over there cus he’s ignorin us.

    chump

  45. Davy on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 11:10 am 

    JuanP on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 11:04 am

    “Juanpee made too comments on the moderated side this morning Davy. And he still has more stars then us. It’s enough to make us go all real bat shit crazy like. To bad we can’t attack him over there cus he’s ignorin us. chump”

    Goes to prove my point you are a psychopathic narcissistic mother fucker. You comment for appearance not for knowledge. You want so bad to be liked and then you love to deceive with your criminality of ID theft and stupid mindless socks. LMFAO. I could give a rat’s ass about “stars” WTF are stars anyway. This is a obscure forum with very few visitors who the fuck cares. I love how stupid and childish you are.

  46. REALLY Green Hypocrite on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 11:11 am 

    Dearest Davy,

    Thanks for the Zero IQ scary story. Can I add this to your running list of conspiracy fake stories like PizzaFraud and Seth Rich Fraud, to name two?

  47. REAL Green on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 11:25 am 

    This personality “REAL Green” has been determined elsewhere to be linked to the lunatic Davy. It is disturbing his lunatic behavior is drifting over to the moderated side

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