COVID-19 impact on aquatic food systems reveals insights for future resilience
- Impact Area
The onset of COVID-19 disrupted food value chains and reversed years of progress on key development indicators. The pandemic induced shocks to food systems globally, but particularly impacted value chains in food insecure regions: the number of people experiencing extreme food insecurity increased by an estimated 45 million from February to June 2020 alone.
Fish and aquatic food value chains in particular must be revitalized to support the health and nutrition of vulnerable peoples. Capture fisheries and aquaculture represent a vital source of food, employment, and income for millions of people in Africa and Asia.