On Let's Talk Agriculture, podcast host Sharon Idahosa discusses relevant topics in agriculture. In this episode, she discusses COVID-19 and it's effects on global food security with George Rapsomanikis, a senior economist at the FAO.
It is very evident that the prices of many staple food commodities have increased dramatically over the past year as a result of the pandemic and many poor households are becoming vulnerable to the rapid increase food price. This has affected both developing and developed countries.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented effects on all dimensions of human life. On top of the death toll and the stress on health systems, measures that governments took to contain the spread of the pandemic had an impact on income and have caused a recession. Poverty and food insecurity has increased. At the FAO, we estimate that chronic hunger may increase up to 130 million people because of the pandemic. So yes, staple food prices are very important in order to maintain access to food."
This episode on food price and policy features George Rapsomanikis, a senior economist from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, the specialised UN Agency with the goal to "achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives." Mr. Rapsomanikis shares with us the key policies driving food stability and how to adjust to from the pandemic.
Sharon Idahosa specializes in agriculture articles, events, and podcasts. She uses different communication methods to communicate to a larger audience and spread the word about agriculture. She has made episodes with key people from different organizations; FAO, Climate Resilience Network (CRN), Corporate Farmers international, Novatero, DigiExt etc, all centering around agriculture and making impact. Besides that, Sharon is founder of a social organization: Lifex Agriculture Initiative, that seeks to bring about the inclusiveness of rural farmers in through training to educate them on the right approaches to a sustainable agriculture.
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