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Report published on COVID-19 food security response in the Greater Mekong Subregion

News 07.04.22 Agriculture, fisheries, food security and nutrition

Landell Mills is pleased to share the first knowledge product published as part of ADB TA-9916: Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program: COVID-19 Food Security Response and Recovery Actions in the GMS.

Published in November 2021, the report provides essential context for understanding the design and implementation of the Asian Development Bank funded technical assistance project during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, authored by project consultant Dr David Roland-Holst with inputs from project team members, gives an overview of the persistent and emerging risks that COVID-19 presents to the agri-food sector in the GMS and beyond. Risks are classified into four categories: Supply Chains, Production Systems, Labour Markets, and Demand Patterns.

In September 2021, the report was presented at a workshop attended by the project consultants, GMS Working Group on Agriculture, development partners, agribusinesses, and regional organisations. The workshop also served to facilitate regional policy dialogue and coordination on managing COVID-19 risks to subregional agri-food value chains.

The knowledge product will contribute to the achievement of the project’s outputs, which will help to address strategic issues for fostering sub-regional cooperation in sustainable agriculture and food security, through conducting feasibility studies and pilot activities, and providing policy, advisory, and knowledge support. Through these outputs, the project aims to create an environment that will enhance economic, social and environmental benefits to GMS stakeholders through access to markets and safer food products.

The project started in December 2020 and will continue until December 2023. For more information, sign up to project’s six-monthly newsletter here.