Latest news and views on COVID-19, food systems and nutrition

We are bringing together news and resources related to the risks, responses and impact of COVID-19 on food systems and nutrition.


COVID-19 blog series: Opportunities for building back better food systems and nutrition

Lawrence Haddad, Jess Fanzo and Corinna Hawkes are curating this blog series to shine a light on the threats and opportunities for nutrition and food systems.

Esther Penunia

In this blog, Esther Penunia, Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), discusses the challenges faced by smallholder farms across Asia, calling on governments and the international community "to build sustainable, resilient food systems with family farmers...

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

In this blog, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of EBRD, adds his voice to those cautioning against restricting the flow of goods and services, especially food in response to COVID-19. Though different to the food crises in 2007-08 and 2010-11, he puts forward lessons learned and encourages more international collaboration and strategic public-private dialogue... 

Enock Musinguzi, Charl van der Merwe and Rajab Jumanne

In this blog, Enock Musinguzi and Charl van der Merwe - both of GAIN, and Rajab Jumanne of Sahara Ventures make the case for systemic strengthening of SMEs in the medium to long term, to better enable small businesses to withstand shocks such as COVID-19, sharing an example from Tanzania... 

Paul Newnham

In this blog, Paul Newnham, Director of the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, highlights how COVID-19 has uncovered what is broken in our food systems, and calls for us to start using "language differently to reimagine and then reinvent food systems to ensure human, animal and planetary health."

News, views and reflections


This brief, written by the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), presents a framework for understanding COVID-19 impacts on food systems and presents the emerging evidence from the region, with both short and longer term plans to respond and rebuild..

World Health Organization

This piece from the WHO sets out what is need to achieve a "global movement for health and the environment," especially in the face of COVID-19.The manifesto includes six Prescriptions for a healthy, green recovery...

Krystyna Swiderska, IIED

In this blog from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the author highlights changes needed to create more more resilient, equitable and low-carbon food systems, which is even more crucial now due to COVID-19. 

SUN Business Network

The SUN Business Network (co-convened by GAIN and WFP), undertook a survey of food system SMEs in 17 SUN Countries in early May 2020, aiming to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated control measures on their businesses and to identify their support needs...

Initiatives and responses

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) is pulling together announcements and responses to highlight how its members are taking extra actions in amidst COVID-19. 

This Business and COVID-19 Response Centre is designed to accelerate global learning and local action to support the most vulnerable in companies' value chains, communities and beyond. 

World Economic Forum and World Health Organization

WEF is mobilising all stakeholders to protect lives and livelihoods. This new COVID Action Platform will focus on three priorities: Galvanise the global business community for collective action; Protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity; Mobilise cooperation and business support for the COVID-19 response.  

This is an "alliance of humanitarian and development actors united by the commitment to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions through shared analysis and knowledge, strengthened coordination in evidence-based responses and collective efforts across the Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP) nexus."

Additional resources

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has put together a helpful list of FAQs and responses on COVID-19.

The UN Standing Committee on Nutrition is managing a list of resources with a focus on nutrition and food systems.

This hub "aims to be a resource for all members of the SUN Movement to get informed about COVID-19 developments, at large.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has created a dedicated page with resources related to the impact of COVI