ECFS/World Bank Webinar
Food Security and Food Policy Implications of COVID-19 Crisis
November 24, 2020
15:30 Moscow time
(7:30 Washington DC time, 16:30 Yerevan time, 17:30 Tashkent time, 18:30 Bishkek time)
Venue: Online in Zoom, Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, Working languages: Russian and English,
simultaneous translation will be provided during the event
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Webinar overview. The Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) in partnership with the World Bank are delighted to invite you to a webinar “Food Security and Food Policy Implications of COVID-19 Crisis”.
The World Bank and ECFS, in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), commission a set of food-policy relevant case studies for Eurasian region each year through an open competition. This activity is intended to help foster collaboration between researchers in the region to generate analytical evidence for policy makers on a food-policy relevant issues, and to produce a set of short, analytical and educational case studies on selected topics.
Due to the success of this approach, these case studies have now become a regular feature of the ECFS contribution to the body of regional knowledge and understanding of policy implications surrounding food security in the region. Successful case studies are published as a book, made available on the ECFS website and presented at seminars, webinars and various events.
Since 2016, ECFS has published 22 case studies (with an additional 7 under preparation), written by some 60 researchers. This is an initiative which has fostered collaboration between food security and food policy researchers in the Eurasian region. The case studies identify policy options, and focus on specific, current and relevant food security problems (e.g. food policy implications of COVID-19 crisis, sustainable agriculture practices).
Over the past four months, 15 researchers from four countries (Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia and Uzbekistan) have conducted seven studies, generated policy-relevant evidence and identified policy options to alleviate the food and nutrition security impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The case studies serve as instructional material for food policy graduate programs as well as up-to-date research material for food policy practitioners. During the webinar, researchers will present their case studies. Please see the agenda below to learn more about the topics.
Moderator: Jonathan Wadsworth, Lead Climate Change Specialist, The World Bank
15:30 – 15:40 Opening Remarks (Frauke Jungbluth, Practice Manager, Agriculture and Food, Europe and Central Asia, the World Bank, Sergey Shoba, Director, ECFS at Lomonosov Moscow State University)
15:40 – 15:50 Overview of the Case Study Project (Artavazd Hakobyan, Senior Agricultural Economist, The World Bank)
15:50 – 16:40 Presentation of the case study 2020 – Moderator: Jonathan Wadsworth, Lead Climate Change Specialist, The World Bank
Authors present their case studies (5 minutes max followed by 2 min Q&A)
- Urban food security and COVID-19 crisis: the case of Uzbekistan cities (Etenesh Asfaw, Senior Research Officer in Rural Development& Agriculture, Centre for Policy Research & Outreach (CPRO), Westminster International University in Tashkent, Inna Rudenko, Senior lecturer, Urgench State University, Marina Li, Head of the Department Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Fotima Saydullaeva, PhD student of Caris Center, Samarkand Center for Agricultural Reform and Innovation Studies)
- School meal program in Armenia: challenges, measures and policies to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic (Anatolyi Maksimov, Leading Researcher of the All-Russian Institute of Agrarian Problems and Informatics named after A.A. Nikonov)
- Transformation of the marketing system for ecologically friendly farmers products caused by COVID-19 in Russia (Natalia Nesterenko, Associate Professor, Saint-Petersburg State University, Sergey Meloyan, Associate Professor, Teaching Food Processing Economics, Armenian National Agrarian University)
- The impact of COVID-19 crisis on nutrition of Yerevan’s population (Davit Pipoyan, Head of Department, Seda Stepanyan, Scientific Researcher and Meline Beglaryan, Head of Expert Group in Informational-Analytical Center for Risk Assessment of Food Chain, Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies (CENS), NAS RA)
- Regulation of wheat exports in the context of COVID-19 (Sanat Seitov, PhD student and Sergey Kiselev, Professor, Head of the Department, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University)
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Livestock Farming in Ak-Talaa district, Kyrgyz Republic (Nurila Ibraeva, Associate professor, Kyrgyz National Agrarian University named after K.I. Skryabin)
- COVID-19 impact on the Armenian fruits and vegetables sector (Naira Harutyunyan, Lecturer, Haybusak University of Yerevan, Elena Belova, Senior researcher, ECFS)
16:40 – 16:55 – Overview of the topic and approach to food policy relevant cases method: Lessons learned and directions for the future (Derrill Watson, Associate Professor & Department Head, Tarleton University, TX, Roman Romashkin, ECFS Deputy Director, Pavel Sorokin, Professor, Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy,)
16:55 – 17:00 Closing remarks (Sergey Shoba, Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University and Frauke Jungbluth, Practice Manager, Agriculture and Food, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank)