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25 June 2020
PLAAS WEBINAR: Covid-19 and African food security Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 13:00 (CAT)

(Published - 23 June 2020)

Join us for a webinar this Thursday that will focus on food security in Africa during the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar is presented by PLAAS and the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). PLAAS is a NELGA Technical Node.


Tune in on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at:
• 12:00 West Africa Time (WAT)
• 13:00 Central Africa Time (CAT)
• 14:00 East Africa Time (EAT)

About this webinar:
The impacts of Covid-19 on food security are complex. While food production continues, the pandemic has profoundly affected farmers, fishers, workers and traders, and the ability of people to buy food. The interruption of food value chains, and regional and global trade, have prompted export bans and other measures to shore up food availability. Matters have been made worse by an income crisis, as lockdown regulations have limited people’s movement and ability to generate a livelihood with which to buy food. Food shortages and price spikes have occurred in places, alongside dramatic declines in purchasing power. One response has been food relief, which has been uneven and largely inadequate, alongside forms of social solidarity and social protection. Countries with existing challenges of poverty, inequality and hunger have seen these exposed in sharp relief, as the frailties of our economies and food systems are exposed.

The conversation in this webinar will address the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic and governments’ lockdown regulations on food security.

Speakers for this webinar are:
• Million Belay, African Food Sovereignty Alliance
• Prof. Mamadou Goita, University of Mali
• Prof. Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS, University of Western Cape

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