Published 13 May 2020
Sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation, the National Press Foundation launched a webinar series on global trade during COVID-19. The first video briefing, "Where's our food?", was held on 13 May, 2020 and covers the issue of food supply chains and security.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions of food supply chains in the United States, although so far they are mainly temporary and not worthy of restrictions in American exports to China or other countries. Global supplies are plentiful, overall. While shortages or price spikes in any food tend to trigger outbreaks of economic nationalism and restrictions on food exports, data from the 2007-2009 recession show that such restrictions exacerbate the problem
Three experts spoke during an online briefing for the National Press Foundation soon after the US Department of Labor released statistics showing that food prices rose 2.6% in April 2020 even as overall US consumer prices dropped by 0.8%, the most since the Great Recession.
- Darci Vetter, Vice Chair for Agriculture, Food and Trade, Edelman; Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative
- Prof Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director, University of St. Gallen
- Shefali Kapadia, Senior Editor, Supply Chain Dive
Download expert slides from this webinar:
– Simon J. Evenett
This briefing is part of a series of National Press Foundation's online webinars on global trade issues in the era of the coronavirus. Check here for all past briefings. Trainings explored:
- US trade policy under a Biden administration
- Are trade wars class wars?
- The new digital trade war on data
- Future of the WTO under Biden or Trump
- Managing the new US-China cold war
- Will China's dominance in raw materials imperil the US?
- What’s next in the US-China trade war?
- US-China battle for technological and geopolitical dominance
- Medical trade wars
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