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
Author affiliation(s)
1CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) Southern Africa Regional Office, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2IRD UMRMIVEGEC, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Zendy Plus is not available in your region!
Currently available in:
You can sign up for a Zendy Global account or register interest for when Zendy Plus launches in your region.
Already have a Zendy Global account? Sign in