A list of resources from international organisations, policy institutes and news outlets on the impact of COVID-19 on food systems globally. Updated regularly.

United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition

A comprehensive, overarching resource list on Food Systems and Nutrition responses

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Policy tools and publications to assist countries to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Addressing inequality in times of COVID-19

A community of farmers and fisherfolk, a community of heroes. The resilience of Valencia’s “L’Horta” in times of COVID-19

COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis”- an interview with FAO director

FAO’s Big Data tool on food chains under the COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping food and agricultural systems alive – Analyses and solutions in a period of crises – COVID-19 Pandemic

FAO recommendations on planting and harvesting tasks during the COVID-19 outbreak using crop calendars

Integrated agriculture water management and health (FAO policy brief)

COVID-19 and smallholder producers’ access to markets (FAO policy brief)

Liaison Committee Europe Africa Caribbean Pacific (COLEACP)

COVID-19 – News on trade and markets in ACP countries and the EU for horticultural products.

Organisation of African,Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

OACPS works with partners to boost availability of food during COVID-19


COVID-19 and the impact on agriculture and food security

COVID-19 Country policy responses

As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods

World Bank Group – Open Knowledge Repository

Africa’s Pulse, No. 21, Spring 2020 : An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa’s Economic Future

United Nations Economic Commission on Africa

ECA Report: COVID-19 in Africa: Protecting Lives and Economies


COVID-19 and the promise of food system innovation

Launch of CGIAR COVID-19 Hub

Satellite maps can help nations make critical food production decisions amid coronavirus

Reshaping food systems after COVID-19

CGIAR System response to Covid-19 – News and research

COVID-19 threatens agriculture, food, nutrition security: WLE Chair joins international call for action

A food systems response to COVID-19

COVID-19 highlights the need for food systems-based policies for reducing tropical deforestation

Stop Covid-19 crisis morphing into a food crisis: support to Africa’s rice sector

CERES 2030 (International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) & partners)

How Are African Governments Responding to Avert a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis?

Global Network Against Food Crises

Release of the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises and knock-on effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the hungriest countries

Full report here

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

COVID-19 and the promise of food system innovation

IFPRI Insights: COVID-19 Special Issue (April)

COVID-19 Policy reponse portal

COVID-19 Food policy trade tracker

South Asia Blogs and Resources on COVID-19 – IFPRI South Asia Regional Office

Multi-organisation, supported by USAID, EC, DFID, Gates Foundation, Canada and Germany’s BMZ

2020 Global Nutrition Report


Farm to Fork Strategy: For a fair, healthy and  environmentally-friendly food system


COVID-19: Ten Priority Options for a Just, Green & Transformative Recovery

Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD)

Green and just Covid-19 recoveries in developing countries

Africa’s Restoration Entrepreneurs Aid in COVID-19 Response

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) discusses multiple threats of locust swarms, flooding and Covid-19

Safeguarding Africa’s food systems through and beyond the crisis

World Agroforestry

Women farmers in Malawi and Zambia fighting fall armyworm

COVID-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

World Economic Forum

Locusts are putting 5 million people at risk of starvation – and that’s without COVID-19

2 July 2020- latest


Pressing Refresh — Fruitnet Reports

Mintec Global

An update of commodity price movements across various categories 

McKinsey & Co.

African agriculture and COVID-19

25 June 2020

CGIAR- International Potato Centre (CIP)

The food supply chain has delivered; now is the time for agriculture

 The Conversation

Coronavirus exposed fragility in our food system – it’s time to build something more resilient

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Linking Energy, Food Security, and Health Can Help Face COVID-19

Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield

The coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of a broken food system 

Project Syndicate

The Pandemic Must Transform Global Agriculture

16 June 2020

AgFunder News

China’s meat import bans – let’s put them into context

Weather, food security, and Covid-19

Climate Home News

Now is the time to climate-and-pandemic-proof our food systems

WFP in Medium

Conflict and hunger — Looking back, looking forward


6 Lessons from China’s Recovering Food and Beverage Industry After COVID-19


Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming?

Organic Insider

Is the Organic Industry Aware of What’s on the Horizon?

May 2020


Prescription for a healthy and resilient post-Corona livestock sector

Visual Capitalist

Hunger Pandemic: The COVID-19 Effect on Global Food Insecurity


Covid-19 is accelerating inevitable food trends but which changes will stick?

Nutrition Connect

Fortification of staple foods is a critical weapon in the fight against COVID-19

April 2020

Nature Comment

Without food, there can be no exit from the pandemic


We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic


Protecting East Africa’s food supply during COVID-19

Ethiopia: Jimma University on PAEPARD

COVID-19 Probable Impacts on Ethiopian Agriculture

Rockefeller Foundation

Five COVID-19 Reflections from a Food System Perspective—and How We Could Take Action

2Blades Foundation & The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Next Pandemic Could Attack Our Crops


Safeguarding biodiversity is essential to prevent the next COVID-19


2 July 2020

AgFunder News

Realigning capital market access to scale up climate-resilient agriculture in post-Covid India


Covid-19: US produce sector on alert

25 June 2020

AgFunder News

How the Colorado Potato Beetle could inspire a Covid-19 vaccine – and $102m in funding


After topping $50B in 2019, organic food sales benefit from coronavirus


Covid-19 hits banana prices in Ecuador

Covid-19: US produce sector on alert

Mother Jones

How Did Europe Avoid the COVID-19 Catastrophe Ravaging US Meatpacking Plants?


Coronavirus spreads among fruit and vegetable packers worrying US officials

16 June 2020

AgFunder News

Insulating island and dry coastal economies from supply chain disruptions post-Covid

Beverage Daily

What does innovation look like in a coronavirus area? Coca-Cola reveals its strategy


Battered Farmers May Get $250,000 Each in Trump’s Virus Bailout

The Race to the Freezer: Europe’s Food Glut Has Nowhere to Go


Farmers are worried about going under. That could put fruit and vegetables in short supply

The Counter

Nutritionists are putting livestock on diet to avoid slaughterhouse


Every single worker at this U.S. farm has tested positive for coronavirus


Coronavirus changed 85% of consumers’ food habits

How coronavirus accelerated demand for plant-based food

How coronavirus has impacted ingredient sourcing


Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

May 2020


Americans need better access to healthy food to lower risk of Covid-19 complications

Q&A: How is Covid-19 impacting fresh produce businesses globally?

How Covid-19 is accelerating innovation across the food system with S2G Ventures

Farmtech investment up 370% in 6 years. How will Covid-19 impact 2020 trends?


How NYC’s farmers markets are successfully surviving COVID-19


Americans on Cusp of Meat Shortage With Food Chain Breaking Down

Environmental Health News

What does junk food have to do with COVID-19 deaths?

Farming UK

Covid-19 lockdown boosts sales of farmers’ veg boxes

Food Navigator-Asia

COVID-2019 sparks boom in fresh food imports to China as trust in local produce takes a hit


2M chickens euthanized as coronavirus shuts down meat processors

MIT Technology Review

Live-streaming helped China’s farmers survive the pandemic. It’s here to stay.

New York Times

Processed Foods Make a Pandemic Comeback. A mixture of practicality and comfort


The current hunger crisis in the US, in photos


Building a regional food supply system out of the pandemic -lessons from Denmark and Vermont

April 2020


How are agrifood tech startups responding to Covid-19?

What are farmers thinking about agtech during Covid19?

Covid-19 will compound ASEAN’s long-term food security challenges – new report

How Covid-19 is impacting various points in the US food & ag supply chain

Covid-19 will compound ASEAN’s long-term food security challenges – new report

How will Covid-19 impact the US organic food sector?

Can vertical farming help in the battle against Covid-19?


Coronavirus: Belgians urged to eat more chips by lockdown-hit potato growers

Coronavirus: Five ways the outbreak is hitting global food industry

Coronavirus: World risks ‘biblical’ famines due to pandemic – UN


Farmers Are Panic-Buying to Keep America’s 95 Million Cows Fed


Grocery stores turn to robots during the coronavirus

The Guardian

Coronavirus could double number of people going hungry


During pandemic, consumers prioritize product availability over brand loyalty


On The Farm: How Farmers Are Working To Meet Demand While Preparing For An Uncertain Harvest

Coronavirus Is Exposing The Cracks In America’s Food System

New Food Magazine

Supply chains must be shortened and localised, urges FAO

New York Times

Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms

Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic


Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis

The Quartz

Amid food system instability, the humble peanut is a winner

World Grain

Falling prices buoy China’s purchases of US soybeans