Fixing our global agricultural system to prevent the next COVID-19.
Author(s) Baudron, Frédéric; Liégeois, Florian
Publication year 2020
Publication name Outlook on Agriculture
Material typeAcademic journal
While the world's attention is focused on controlling COVID-19, evidence points at the biodiversity crisis as a leading factor in its emergence, and the outbreak of many past emerging infectious diseases. Agriculture is a major driver of biodiversity loss globally. Feeding a growing human population in ways that minimize harm to biodiversity is thus imperative to prevent the next COVID-19. Solutions exist, but the burden of implementing them should not be left to farmers alone, who are mainly small-scale family farmers. Supportive policies and markets are needed, but unlikely to bring about the required changes alone. A global concerted effort similar to the Paris Agreement for climate is probably required.
Keyword(s)EMERGING infectious diseases, COVID-19, POPULATION
1CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) Southern Africa Regional Office, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2IRD UMRMIVEGEC, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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