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In early April surveys showed reduced demand for sowing seed of all crops, problems in seed production, and difficulties in international seed shipment. Two months on, there have been clear improvements in nearly all aspects, though challenges remain.
The crisis underlines three important points: the importance of science and innovation; the vulnerability of billions of people at the bottom of the pyramid; and the need for more diversified, nutritious, and resilient food systems.
Severe restrictions on the movements of people and goods imposed in recent weeks are having widespread negative effects on the seed industry in the Asia-Pacific region with international seed trade particularly affected, a survey of seed companies finds.
Vegetables are a key source of essential nutrition and play a crucial role in healthy diets. Jody Harris, the World Vegetable Center's Lead Specialist for Food Systems, explains that vegetable production, trade and consumption are particularly affected by COVID-19 because of their highly seasonal nature, high labor needs, perishability, and the need for good storage and distribution logistics—with significant implications for nutrition security.
As Body Mass Index (BMI) rises, expect a marked increase in global calorie requirements.