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Wednesday, October 7 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Side event 7: Impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses in rural areas of Africa and beyond

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COVID-19 has quickly morphed from an unprecedented health crisis to a massive economic shock. Initial expectations were that its impacts on agri-food supply chains would predominantly be felt in post-farm downstream segments, mostly in urban settings. But these expectations have given way to the realisation that the rural sector will not be spared the effects of the pandemic.

Rural economies and households, in fact, are being hit hard by the disease and the containment measures adopted to prevent its spread. This can affect the wellbeing and food security of both rural and urban populations drastically. To better understand the magnitude of these impacts and help devise policies to mitigate them and support the recovery process, FAO and WFP have commissioned a set of simulations of the effects of the pandemic on rural economies, most in sub-Saharan Africa.

The findings will not only provide an evidence base to inform the design of policies aimed at putting rural economies back on their feet and building back better, but also provide the backdrop for a discussion on how countries are responding by stepping up social protection and other measures to stem the negative impacts of the present crisis.

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Alejandro Grinspun

Senior Economist, FAO
Alejandro Grinspun is Senior Economist in the Social Protection team of FAO’s Economic and Social Development Stream. Alejandro joined FAO in 2017 from UNICEF, where he had led the work on social policy and child poverty in South Africa and Tanzania. Before working for UNICEF, he... Read More →

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J. Edward Taylor

Professor, University of California, Davis
J. Edward Taylor is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He has written extensively on the micro-economics of farm labor, development, and the environment and is one of the most cited economists and applied economists... Read More →
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Maximo Torero

Chief Economist, FAO
Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since January 2019. Prior to joining FAO, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay since November 2016... Read More →
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Aminata Sow

Délégué Général à la protection sociale et à la solidarité nationale, Senegal
Née en 1968 à Dakar, Madame Aminata SOW Délégué général à la Protection sociale et à la Solidarité nationale du Sénégal a fait des études en comptabilité et finances, elle est diplômée de l’Université de Paris Dauphine-Paris 1 Panthéon et de l’Institut... Read More →
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Carolina Trevelli

Senior Reseacher, IEP
Carolina Trivelli, currently works as Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP). Ms. Trivelli is an Economist and holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Pagos Digitales Peruanos S.A... Read More →
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Susanna Sandström

Economist, WFP
Susanna Sandström is a Regional Advisor in WFP’s East and Central Africa Regional Bureau in Nairobi. Prior to that she was the Head of the Economics and Markets Unit in WFP’s Research Assessment and Monitoring Division in Rome. Her key expertise is poverty and food... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm GMT-03
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