The Chiefs of Food & Agriculture Organisations(FAO), World Health Organisation(WHO) and World Trade Organisation(WTO) have made a courtesy call to all member countries not to halt or interrupt the trading and marketing process of food commodities worldwide especially in this period of the Coronavirus pandemonium.
The chiefs said that, it was important that food trade and the supply chain of food and other related trades continue in this vivid season as millions of people in the world depend on international trade for their food security.
“It is at time like this that more, not less, international cooperation becomes vital. In the midst of the Covid-19 lockdowns, every efforts must be made to ensure that trade flow as freely as possible, specially to avoid food shortage”, they said.
They further explained that, not adhering to this call or doing otherwise may cause a huge problem for the world market auch as shortage of food in some places, imbalance food supply and demand resulting to price spikes.
“Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global markets. Such reactions can alter the balance between food supply and demand”.
However, most countries all over the world have shut down their borders at this period to enable them contain the Covid-19.
By Collins Kwabena Nsiah