How the Coronavirus Is Challenging Global Food Supply Chains

A grocery store worker restocks shelves, Dallas, Texas, April 13, 2020 (AP photo by LM Otero).
A grocery store worker restocks shelves, Dallas, Texas, April 13, 2020 (AP photo by LM Otero).
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One of the many challenges facing governments and businesses during a disaster is ensuring the steady supply of food and other essential items. People’s natural impulses to stock up in preparation for shortages often kick in at the same time that complex supply chains are coming under immense strain. Add to this the direct impacts of COVID-19 on workers in the food industry and the export restrictions on agricultural products that some governments have put into place to ensure that their own populations stay well-fed, and you’ve potentially got the makings of a looming food security crisis. Robyn Metcalfe, a […]

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