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Dialogue #4 - The economic, food security, and livelihood impacts of COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons learned and policy responses


10 June 2020


University leaders from the US and Africa came together to discuss the extent to which COVID-19 has negatively impacted on global, continental, national and individual trends. We discussed what has so far been done, what more can be done, and in what form and structure to effectively respond to these negative effects in the short, medium and long term. Reduced food and nutrition security particularly for the poor as a result of COVID-19 prompts an immediate policy response. Not to forget the opportunities COVID-19 pandemic has taught us in terms of preparedness for similar catastrophes in the future. The following university leaders joined the dialogue:

  • Mame Samba Mbaye, Chef du Departement de Biologie Vegetale, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)
  • David Tschirley, Co-Director, Food Security Group and Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab, Michigan State University
  • Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Dept. of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Agnes Mwangwela, Dean and Acting Principal of Bunda Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa


Webinar date: 10 June 2020

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Find the concept note for the webinar series here.

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