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Emerging COVID-19 impacts, responses, and lessons for building resilience in the seafood system

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posted on 2023-08-05, 13:06 authored by David C. Love, Edward Hugh Allison, Frank Asche, Ben Belton, Richard S. Cottrell, Halley E. Froehlich, Jessica GephartJessica Gephart, Christina C. Hicks, David Little, Elizabeth M. Nussbaumer, Patricia Pinto da Silva, Florence Poulain, Angel Rubio, Joshua S. Stoll, Michael F. Tlusty, Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman, Max Troell, Wenbo Zhang

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns are creating health and economic crises that threaten food and nutrition security. The seafood sector provides important sources of nutrition and employment, especially in low-income countries, and is highly globalized allowing shocks to propagate. We studied COVID-19-related disruptions, impacts, and responses to the seafood sector from January through May 2020, using a food system resilience ‘action cycle’ framework as a guide. We find that some supply chains, market segments, companies, small-scale actors and civil society have shown initial signs of greater resilience than others. COVID-19 has also highlighted the vulnerability of certain groups working in- or dependent on the seafood sector. We discuss early coping and adaptive responses combined with lessons from past shocks that could be considered when building resilience in the sector. We end with strategic research needs to support learning from COVID-19 impacts and responses.



Global Food Security


Published in: Global Food Security, Volume 28, March 2021, Article number 100494.


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