Glyn Roberts President Farmers' Union of Wales


Farmers' Union of Wales

Food Supply Chains and Production - Global Outlook with a Local Strategy: What has Covid-19 Taught us?

Covid-19 hit all sectors of life and was met with panic buying and empty supermarket shelves. However, it wasn’ t luxury items that the general public rushed to get their hands on but the essentials like food.

For many years the FUW has stressed that food security is an issue that needs desperate attention and the last few months have served to illustrate such concerns.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Welsh food producers and the dangers of trade and rural support policies which undermine UK food security have now starkly come to the fore.

The measures put in place by the UK Government to prevent coronavirus transmission caused a seismic shift in how UK and EU supply chains function and has seen drastic falls in farmgate prices across agricultural sectors.

In this seminar we explore the lessons that the pandemic has taught us, discuss what measures need to be put in place to safeguard food producers and consumers and examine if local strategies with a global outlook are the key to food security.

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