|作者：||The Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
WTO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
98th meeting (17-18 June 2021)
"COVID-19 and Agriculture"
Contribution by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The following submission, dated 11 June 2021, is being circulated at the request of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
1.1. The COVID-19 crisis is unlike any other crisis in modern times. Global in nature, and occurring in multiple waves, supply and demand shocks are causing significant economic and social impacts, which are still unfolding in many parts of the world. Massive vaccination campaigns may eventually obviate the need for economically damaging restrictions; however, inadequate supplies and inequitable access to vaccines means that population immunity in low- and middle-income countries will not be achieved in 2021.
1.2. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the beginning of 2020, concerns and fears emerged regarding the ability of global food and agricultural markets to withstand the shock and their capacity to continue to function properly and meet the growing demand, particularly from those countries that depend on trade for safeguarding the food security of their populations. This note examines developments in global food and agricultural markets and trade in 2020 and 2021.