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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Agri-food Sector: Food Security Policies of Asian Productivity Organization Members

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Shaikh Tanveer Hossain

Asian Productivity Organization, JP
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Agriculture Division
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Abstract

Purpose : Despite demographic differences, agriculture is a major source of socioeconomic stability among APO member economies. This report highlights potential risks faced by their agri-food sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines the responses and policy actions each member is taking to address threats to food security and prevent hunger.


Research Method : Publicly available information was synthesized, and insights from 19 individuals working in agriculture or agri-food-related areas in the public or private sectors or academia in APO member countries were obtained.


Findings : Imminent, medium- and long-term food security challenges due to COVID-19 vary among APO member countries. However, through the implementation of key policies, many stress the need for critical agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and safe, quality seeds, to meet seasonal crop calendars. The longer COVID-19 containment measures stay in place, the more challenging the recovery process will be for ensuring smooth food production, accessibility to staple food and nutrition and trade among countries.


Originality / Value : Provides consolidated insight into policies and actions taken by APO member economies to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and the agri-food sector.

How to Cite: Hossain, S.T., 2020. Impacts of COVID-19 on the Agri-food Sector: Food Security Policies of Asian Productivity Organization Members. Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka, 15(2), pp.116–132. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v15i2.8794
Published on 10 May 2020.
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