Foresight4Food resources: COVID-19, food and rural poverty
The international initiative Foresight4Food is offering several online resources on COVID-19, food systems and rural poverty.
The resources include:
- Responding to the Impact of COVID-19 on Rural People and Food Systems, a working document providing a rapid synthesis of emerging perspectives, reports and data on impacts of COVID-19 on rural poverty and food systems.
- Critical Connections: COVID-19 Rural Poverty and Food System Risks, a blog associated with the above report.
- Foresight and Scenarios in Times of COVID-19, a blog about reconfiguring analysis and decision making when faced with high levels of uncertainty. Foresight4Food is exploring options for a ‘collective intelligence’ initiative about the longer-term COVID-19 implications for food systems.
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.