Post-pandemic investment in agtech holds the key to a 'farm to fork' future free from hunger

Roadmap to tackle food shortages

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Cassie Doherty of Parkwalk Advisors
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Cassie Doherty of Parkwalk Advisors

From having our lockdown baking plans scuppered by the lack of flour on supermarket shelves, to seeing images on the news of huge quantities of milk and eggs being thrown away by producers as the shutdown of the hospitality sector hit demand, to reading reports of UK farmers finding themselves short of workers to help pick their crops, we have all witnessed the short-term impacts of Covid-19 on our food supply.

The longer-term implications of the pandemic on global food security are far more shocking. In April, the UN Food Programme reported that by the end of 2020, the pandemic will cause up to 265 million globally to face food insecurity, double the figure for 2019. Meeting the Zero Hunger UN Sustainable Development Goal of providing nutritious food to all the people that need it is going to be even more important in a post-Covid-19 world. The challenges of Zero Hunger are complex and multi-factorial. They range from ensuring resilience in food supply chains and building sustainable models...

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