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COVID-19 and Global Food Systems: Where to next? by Dr Isla Farley

By |26th February 2021|

Background 

Global food systems are complex and have become increasingly so over recent decades. Continued population growth, higher consumption levels, inequality, ever increasing demand for processed food and the challenges of our changing climate are putting them under extreme stress.  Although food systems developments and innovations have helped to address some of these challenges, unfortunately we […]

Leveraging opportunities to accelerate Agri-tech in COVID-19 times by Caroline Kensett

By |20th August 2020|

Traditional aid and sustainable development
World Humanitarian day is held annually on the 19th August to pay tribute to humanitarian workers across the globe and to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. Traditionally (and correctly) the words ‘humanitarian assistance’ evoke images of aid workers delivering immediate and necessary life-saving support to beneficiaries in conflict zones […]

COVID-19: How is the air cargo industry reacting and responding ? by Jarrod Patrick

By |13th August 2020|

Impact
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the air freight industry very hard. Since the outbreak of the virus, recent figures have shown that the overall global air cargo capacity has decreased by 35% [1]. Year on year – from June 2019 to June 2020 – global air cargo capacity declined by 27%[2]. The sector has been deeply affected […]

COVID-19’s impact on the SA Wine Industry and Potential Response and Recovery Interventions by Chad Capon

By |23rd July 2020|

Impact
The South African wine industry has been severely weakened with the onset of COVID-19. The R49 billion-a-year industry has been affected in numerous ways, from export restrictions, to the national ban on the sale of alcohol, which has recently been reinstated. According to Vinpro the contribution of the wine industry to the GDP for the […]

Supporting South Sudan to cope with the trade impact of COVID-19 by Charles Data Alemi

By |22nd May 2020|

Like every other country, the spread of COVID-19 is proving to be a double tragedy with effects on both health and economic well being. Despite taking a while to confirm its first case, which happened on 6th April 2020, the number of cases in South Sudan are growing rapidly with the count reaching 194 cases […]

The potential impact of COVID-19 on African trade by Andrew Parker, Nick Charalambides and Jay Grunder

By |1st April 2020|

There will be a number of changes to African trade due to COVID-19, but it is acknowledged that at this stage there is a very high degree of uncertainty around scenarios.

Not just global supply chain disruptions, but changing demand: Supermarkets in the Global North are struggling with changing demand to domestic consumption rather than retail. This […]