- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on global food chains, with transport and border restrictions impacting the flow of products, few options for physical distancing in production or processing factories, and stricter travel and immigration constraining the availability of trained harvesters.
- As part of our engagement focus this year on sustainable food, we will engage companies across the food chain to understand the challenges they face, and encourage them to make the protection of worker wellbeing an immediate and ongoing priority.
The impact of COVID-19 on the global food chain has been dramatic. Queues at food retailers, short supply of key goods and the difficulties of shopping whilst physical distancing have impacted a vast swathe of the global population. In production – specifically in meat processing plants – the lack of distancing options or virus-appropriate protection gear has seen many workers fall ill and plants closing. Meanwhile, with the commercial supply chain coming to a halt, we have also seen a rise in food waste.
The value of investments and any income derived from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the original amount invested.
How has food supply been impacted?
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.