Virtual Event - Phase two of the COVID-19 pandemic and response: What can we learn from China?

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After the COVID-19 outbreak began in December in Hubei Province, China locked down many areas to control the spread of the disease, and the economy ground to halt. Since the easing of restrictions in April, life has largely returned to normal and many economic activities have resumed. However, the lockdowns have had significant—and still not well-understood—impacts on livelihoods and food security. 

Join us for this session where presenters will explore short-term and mid-term impacts on Chinese SMEs, villages and rural households, vulnerable groups, and food value chains.

Opening Remarks


  • Kevin Chen, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Xinshen Diao, Deputy Division Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI
  • Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • Xiaobo Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Concluding Perspectives

  • Shenggen Fan, Senior Chair Professor, China Agricultural University (CAU)