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.

Inge Kauer

In this blog, Inge Kauer, Executive Director of the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI), highlights action areas for businesses to make positive changes for better nutrition and more healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. These action areas are based on trends that emerged in initial research from ATNI's COVID-19 project which tracks action (and inaction) by food and beverage manufacturers in response to the pandemic... 

Dave Love, Andrew Thorne-Lyman, Liz Nussbaumer and Martin Bloem

In this blog, experts from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), discuss how COVID-19 has impacted aquatic food systems and what this means for those who rely on fish, seafood and aquaculture as a source of income and nutrition...

Zhao Haijun and Seth Cook

In this blog, Zhao Haijun and Seth Cook of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) discuss elements of China's food system that helped shape the country's response and resilience to COVID-19, including decentralisation, digitalisation and diversification...

Jody Harris and Srinivasan Ramasamy

In this blog, Jody Harris and Srinivasan Ramasamy of World Vegetable Center discuss how COVID-19 has impacted livelihoods and nutrition among vegetable farmers in India, and what this means for the affordability, availability and consumption of vegetables more broadly...

News, views and reflections

Julian Lampietti, Ghada El Abed, and Kateryna Schroeder

This World Bank article "argues it is vital to correct pervasive information asymmetries and transaction costs across a vast food system to move toward a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable model." This requires both adoption of new technologies, but also public policy to prevent consolidation of this information, promote decentralised markets and ensure dissemination of data... 

Corinna Hawkes

In this piece from The Conversation, Corinna Hawkes argues that COVID-19 demonstrates that food systems need to change and sets out five ways to make that shift: Financing for healthy food; Make junk food less attractive; Profit with purpose; Redefining success; Public sector leading the way... 

Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI)

This is the first of ATNI's reports that will be developed to assess food and beverage manufacturers in response to COVID-19. Report 1: Framework focuses on the framework that has been created to identify action (and inaction), and highlights emerging themes observed from April to June... 

Derek Headey, Rebecca Heidkamp, *Saskia Osendarp, Marie Ruel, Nick Scott, Robert Black, Meera Shekar, Howarth Bouis, Augustin Flory, Lawrence Haddad and Neff Walker

Published on behalf of the Standing Together for Nutrition consortium, this commentary in The Lancet presents early estimates from experts on the combined economic and health systems crisis on child wasting and related mortality in the context of the pandemic. ..

Initiatives and responses

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO launched a new comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition.

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners are collaborating to identify priority steps for enhancing food systems’ resilience in low and middle income countries. This work includes COVID-19 Food System Rapid Country Assessments, as well as Rapid Assessments for the seed sector...

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD)

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. 

Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative

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. 

Additional resources

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

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.