COVID-19 risk and food value chains


December 2, 2020


December 11, 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM EST / 3:00-4:00 PM GMT

Co-organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and Food Security Portal.

Full recording:



"Food Consumption and Food Security during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Addis Ababa" by Kalle Hirvoven, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

"COVID-19 risk and food value chains: Insights from India" by Sudha Narayanan, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

"COVID-19 Impacts on Fish Value Chains in Nigeria" by Ben Belton, MSU/WorldFish

The short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems remain uncertain, raising concerns about food security. The pandemic’s public health impacts, as well as the economic and logistical impacts of pandemic response measures such as lockdowns and travel restrictions, have the potential to disrupt food value chains around the globe. Such disruptions could result in labor shortages, decreased production, volatile food prices, and reduced food availability and access. Understanding how COVID-19 is affecting local and global food value chains is key in establishing effective policy responses to mitigate the harmful impacts of the ongoing public health crisis. This webinar will examine results of several recent studies on how various food value chains are responding to COVID-19.

Kalle Hirvonen (IFPRI) will present findings from a study on food consumption and food security in Ethiopia, using a unique panel survey of a representative distribution of households in Addis Ababa.

Sudha Narayanan (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research) will discuss bottlenecks in food and agriculture supply chains in India following closures of several Agricultural Produce Market Committee mandis and presents policy recommendations to ease the flow of goods.

Ben Belton (WorldFish / Michigan State University) will present findings on the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s fish value chains, which are crucial to the country’s food security and employment opportunities.


Kalle Hirvonen, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Sudha Narayanan, Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

Ben Belton, Associate Professor of International Development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, and Senior Scientist for Value Chains and Nutrition with WorldFish, Malaysia


Frank Place, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)


Nicholas Minot, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Division Director in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI. Co-leader of the research on Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains within the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

The recording of the webinar will be available on this page shortly after the live event.

View another recent webinar from the Value Chains team: Strengthening food value chains (October 27, 2020)

This work is part of the PIM research on Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains.


Photo: The Coronavirus pandemic hurt people living hand to mouth like Sihine Teklu (L) and Fetiah Hussien (R). Both make a living by selling vegetables in the Saris market, south of Addis Ababa. Sihine and Fetiah make sure that they wear a mask everyday so that they protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. UNICEF Ethiopi/2020/Nahom Tesfaye