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COVID-19: Impacts on food trade – Is global food security at risk?

Originally published March 30, 2020.  

This blog post was written by Lukas Kornher and Tekalign G. Sakketa who are both senior researchers at ZEF’s Department of Economic and Technological Change, University of Bonn.

As of March 26, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in 176 countries worldwide with a total of more than 500,000 reported cases and a global death toll of over 20,000 according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, many advanced and developing economies including India have put their economies and societies under a complete lockdown to slow the spread of the virus and protect their health care systems. These decisions come with harmful consequences for their national as well as for the global economy. The most important blue chip stock market indices, Dow Jones and DAX, have realized the largest weekly losses since the World Financial Crisis in 1929. China’s GDP, for the first time in 50 years, has dropped in Q1-2020 by about 10%. Morgan Stanley and the Goldman Sachs Group said the US GDP could plunge by up to 30% in Q2-2020.

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Investments in strengthening climate change capacities in West Africa bearing their fruits

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Enhancing food security under climate change in Western Africa calls for stronger interdisciplinary research collaborations and more active communication between researchers and policymakers across the region. These were the conclusions of the Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in West Africa co-organized by Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) and Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, on 17-18 November 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.Read more Investments in strengthening climate change capacities in West Africa bearing their fruits

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PARI team travels to India to study digital services for livestock producers

A team of PARI researchers from the Hans Ruthenberg-Institute of Agricultural Science in the Tropics from the University of Hohenheim traveled to India to learn about the current stage of digital applications for livestock farming in India. While there is a consensus that digital agriculture has the potential to transform agriculture, little is known on what is happening on the ground in developing countries. In particular, little is known about digital agriculture in livestock farming.Read more PARI team travels to India to study digital services for livestock producers