COVID-19 has disrupted food systems in many countries; however, as we are learning, the impacts vary and are driven by a variety of factors. In general, labor-intensive and perishable food supply chains are most susceptible. Agajie Tesfaye, Yetimwork Habte, and Bart Minten provide results from a qualitative assessment of dairy supply and consumption in and around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Compared to livestock value chains elsewhere, Ethiopia has a number of context-specific issues, from consumption back through production—including consumer perceptions of health risks from different types of milk products and the relative resilience of production to disruptions of input supply.—John McDermott, series co-editor and Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
Over the past three months, coffee prices have experienced multiple spikes and high volatility. This is in contrast to world market prices of major staple foods, which have remained relatively stable. While experts initially attributed the instability of coffee prices to supply-side uncertainty and market tightening, the covid-19 pandemic seems to have aggravated coffee’s price fluctuations. The novel coronavirus represents an unprecedented joint supply and demand shock to the global coffee sector, constituting an enormous challenge to coffee growers, farm workers, and downstream value chain actors. These various supply and demand impacts will be felt at different points in time further contributing to global market uncertainties and the ongoing price volatility. The pandemic may also have major implications for poverty and food insecurity for the world’s 25 million coffee producers, most of whom are smallholders in low- and middle income countries that are unprepared to respond to a public health crisis of this proportion.
COVID-19 has put the world’s economies on pace for the most dramatic contraction since the Great Depression. With the world’s major economies on track for the largest quarterly decline in history, Canadian farmland is an increasingly stable and resilient investment. Canada is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world. According to Statistics Canada, the country is the fifth-largest agricultural exporter. Agriculture is one of Canada’s largest industries, directly employing nearly 300,000 people, and it accounts for roughly five per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. As the world’s population grows, Canadian agriculture and related industries will grow in size and importance.
悉尼先驱晨报5月26日报道，在全球贸易紧张局势加剧之际，中国取消了包括从澳大利亚在内的世界各国进口食糖加征的35％特别关税。中国决定不再延长已经实行了三年的食糖贸易保障措施特别关税，澳大利亚贸易和投资部部长西蒙·伯明翰(Hon Simon Birmingham)对中国取消食糖关税表示欢迎，他称，特别关税限制了澳大利亚糖业的对华出口，这为世界范围内的食糖生产商（包括澳大利亚的食糖生产商）创造了更公平的市场机会。中国是澳大利亚食糖的第五大出口市场，此前中国每年进口约17万吨的澳大利亚产食糖。