Data-Driven Food Systems for Crisis Resiliency: WEF SDI 2020
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Information-Pushed Meals Programs for Disaster Resiliency: WEF SDI 2020

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The primary half of 2020 has been marked with the meals market and agri-dealer closures, commerce blockages, labor shortages, manufacturing and processing plant closures, shortages of sure meals merchandise as shopping for patterns shifted and bulk consumers reminiscent of eating places or canteens confronted closures, and different logistical and tactical points. Because the pandemic has progressed and implications have expanded past the speedy healthcare must the broader societal, financial and knock-on implications of this disaster, international, regional and native meals methods have begun to face immense pressures that threaten to undermine vitamin at a mass scale and provoke meals shortages as main meals manufacturing is implicated. COVID-19 has additionally laid naked the meals system’s underlying injustices and inequities.

Nonetheless, the disaster has additionally introduced widespread consciousness of instruments which are at present underutilized by the meals and agriculture sectors, and which – if leveraged deliberately and inclusively – can have a seismic impression on the meals system’s means to reply and rebound in occasions of disaster. One such device is information.

This report seeks to advance the actionable understanding of an rising set of approaches for data-driven meals methods throughout stakeholders. It explores alternatives for information to allow higher decision-making, advance enterprise, product and partnership fashions, and empower stakeholders throughout the worth chain. It highlights examples showcasing these fashions in apply. And it acknowledges that for our meals methods to be higher ready and extra resilient sooner or later, we might want to promote a tradition of knowledge that enables for fulfillment and scale, and which is supported by key enablers, together with coverage, capability constructing, infrastructure and connectivity, and mobilizing management.

This report types a part of a collection of outcomes stemming from the COVID Motion for Meals Programs – Africa multistakeholder efforts launched by African Union Growth Company (AUDA-NEPAD) in collaboration with the Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Growth (IFAD) and the World Financial Discussion board. It was developed as an output of the Information and Info Platforms working group, and was supported by the World Financial Discussion board’s Meals System Initiative (Platform for World Public Items) and the Shaping the Way forward for Digital Financial system and New Worth Creation platform.