COVID-19: Food Security in the Pandemic | Downtown Alliance

COVID-19: Food Security in the Pandemic

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May 27, 2020
11:30 AM
New York Academy of Sciences
Free
Webinar. The agricultural value chain—all that happens from farm to fork—is complex and its ability to put food on our tables can be affected by the pandemic in countless ways: the mobility of (often foreign) farmhands may be hampered by lockdowns. Equipment needed by agricultural workers (e.g. pesticide masks) may be in short supply. The need to redirect produce (e.g. from school canteens to supermarkets) can create scarcities or overstocks. As markets adjust to those, specific populations may be at greater risk than others: the closing of school lunches, or the shutting of restaurants and small shops, can create food deserts or affect the most vulnerable disproportionately. This webinar will deconstruct and explain the agricultural value chain, examine the mechanisms in place to assess its processes and dependencies, and identify how populations with special needs can be supported through this period.
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