CFS Chair Statement on COVID-19 Published Popular
As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection has spread to pandemic proportions over the last few weeks, I feel – in my role as Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – that we have both a moral and political obligation to initiate a proactive dialogue among our stakeholders on the implications and potential impacts of this pandemic on global food security and nutrition. As a Committee, our prompt and resolute action and messages must have one goal in mind: to urge as strongly as possible that all responsible leaders – in governments, business, academia, civil society, and elsewhere – do everything in their power to prevent this health crisis from becoming a food crisis. We saw such a scenario occur only a decade earlier when a financial crisis morphed into such a food crisis. We must avoid this from happening again, for the sake of our peoples and our planet. Sitting idly by is not an option.