FAO resources: food price monitoring and policy actions

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is making available a range of resources in response to COVID-19. A selection relevant to the horticultural sector are listed here.

COVID-19 dedicated website.

New policy briefs including:

FAO’s Food Price Monitoring and Analysis (FPMA) contains the latest information and analysis on domestic prices of basic foods mainly in developing countries, complementing FAO analysis on international markets. While it mainly focuses staples such as cereals, its summaries of National policy responses to limit the impact of COVID-19 on food markets also carry information on fruit and vegetables.

FAO has also launched a virtual space that allows people to search what decision-makers around the world are doing in their countries to respond to and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA) platform provides detailed information on how different countries, with very different contexts and diverse agriculture, are trying to keep their supply chains moving amid the disruptions caused by travel and other health restrictions (New Food, 9 April). FAPDA was originally set up to collect countries’ food security policy decisions in the wake of the global food price crises of 2008. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the database offered over 10,000 policy decisions and 2,000 national policy frameworks from 100 countries. FAO has now added a new section that maps current official decisions being taken around the world to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on food and agricultural systems.

FAO has outlined its “battle plan” to ensure supply chains can continue to flow – avoid food export bans, and bolster social protection programmes for the most vulnerable. But in practice every country is different, and policies are often tailor-made to ensure food security for all within those borders. “There is no one-size-fits-all-solution, but there are numerous initiatives that can inspire adaptive policies that can be fast-tracked and put to work helping people,” said FAO Chief Economist Maximo Torero.