Food plate. Photo.
3 Dec

Webinar on Zoom, SLU, Uppsala

Covid-19’s effect on global food systems and how to respond

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Cover from the UN-report mpacts of COVID-19 on food

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had major consequences for the world's food system and food security. At this breakfast seminar organised by SLU Future Food and SLU Global, we will discuss how the pandemic's most severe effects on food systems can be reduced and how we should build resilient food systems that provide food security for all.

SLU Future Food and SLU Global invites you to a breakfast seminar to learn more about the complicated topic of the global food system and the threats the new pandemic has on it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized people's access to food and the global economic slowdown will put even more strain on the global food system. The situation is serious and the consequences dire if not mitigated. But how can the pandemic's most severe effects on food systems be reduced and how should we build resilient food systems that provide food security for all? 

The main conclusions in a new United Nations CFS-HLPE Issues Paper on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the food systems is presented by Shakuntala Thilsted, member of CFS-HLPE. The report will be reflected upon by Kajsa Johansson from We Effect and Sofia Boqvist from SLU and then a general discussion will follow.

Click here to see a recording of the webinar. The recording is available until 17th December 2020.

Shakuntala Thilsted's power point presentation for download.


Time: 2020-12-03 08:00 - 09:00
City: Uppsala
Location: Webinar on Zoom, SLU
Organiser: SLU Future Food and SLU Global
Last signup date: 2 December 2020
Price: Free of charge
Additional info:

The United Nations CFS-HLPE Issues Paper "Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic" addresses the ongoing pandemic crises and its present and predicted effect on the world food system. The purpose of the report is to provide insights in addressing the food and nutrition security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform the preparations for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

Shakuntala Thilsted is the Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish, stationed in Penang, Malaysia. She is also a member of the Committee on World Food Security's High Level Panel of Experts (CFS-HLPE) and an Honorary Doctor at SLU

Kajsa Johansson, Senior adviser at We Effect. 

Sofia Boqvist is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health; Division of Bacteriology and Food Safety at SLU

SLU Future Food is a platform for research and collaboration to develop knowledge, solutions and innovations aimed at ensuring that the entire food system is characterized by economic, ecological and social sustainability to overcome tomorrow's challenges. The research addresses both plants and animals, from the smallest molecules to global systems.

SLU Global is a unit at the Vice-Chancellor's Office that supports and facilitates the university's efforts to collaborate with low-income countries and regions, based on the Global Goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Please note

  • The event will be conducted in English
  • The presentation and reflection part of the event will be recorded. If you don't want to be identified, please turn your camera and microphone off and remove your name from your screen. The recording will be turned off during the discussion. The recording will be made available during two weeks after the event. 

We kindly ask you to

  • Have your camera on (we would like to see you)
  • Have your microphone off when not speaking



  • You are welcome to join the webinar a quarter before the programme starts


  • Welcome
  • Shakuntala Thilsted presents the report
  • Anna Tibblin from We Effect reflects on the report
  • Sofia Boqvist from SLU reflects on the report
  • Questions and discussion


  • The meeting will remain open for informal discussions