Experts to analyse impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity in Asia at CCA Virtual Conference

Posted on 27 May 2020

Panellists of the CCA Webinar on ‘Will COVID-19 Worsen Food Insecurity in Asia?’

The sixth and final in the first phase of a series of virtual conferences (webinars) initiated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic will focus on the theme, ‘Will COVID-19 Worsen Food Insecurity in Asia?’.

Experts dealing with food security and sustainable agriculture from diverse backgrounds, such as the UN World Food Programme, agricultural scientists, and civil society and faith-based organisations promoting sustainable agricultural practices will be the panellists of this virtual conference.

The webinar will be held on 28 May 2020 from 12 PM to 2 PM (12:00 to 14:00 hrs) Bangkok (Thailand) time and will discuss the short-term and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Asia.

UN reports have confirmed that over 820 million people were food-insecure prior to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an apprehension about an impending escalation in food insecurity. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis situation affects food security negatively in many Asian countries due to a chain of adverse events starting with the lockdown, constraints on mobility, and loss of employment, which subsequently affects the production, distribution, food supply, sudden stoppage of income, and the inability to purchase food. The impact of COVID-19 on food security and sustainable food production in the short, medium, and long term, as well as questions on how to ensure a new agrarian culture for increased food production and sustainability in Asia to enhance food security in the future will be discussed during the webinar.

Kun Li (UN-WFP); Ed Sabio (ECHO Asia); Joyanta Adhikari (Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh); Usha Soolapani (Thanal, India); Tomoko Arakawa (Asian Rural Institute, Japan); Ardniel Baladjay (Philippines); and Jae Hak Ahn (Asian Christian Life Giving Agricultural Forum, South Korea) will be the panellists of the webinar.

The CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, will be the moderator of the session.

Those who are interested in participating in the webinar may register by clicking on this link:

For additional details, please go through the webinar’s concept note below:
Will COVID-19 Worsen Food Insecurity in Asia? (Concept Note)

Since the webinar can accommodate only 90 participants, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Reports of the CCA’s previous webinars:

  • Upholding the Dignity and Rights of Children amidst the COVID-19 Crisis (19 May 2020)
    | Highlights Video
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Women in Asia: Vital Needs and Post-Crisis Recovery (21 May 2020)
    | Highlights Video


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