COVID-19 pandemic lessons for agri-food systems innovation

The crucial questions are what AFS changes the COVID-19 pandemic will induce and how to shift the odds in favor of beneficial transformation? The adaptations that AVC businesses, governments, and NGOs make now to their policies and practices in response to the pandemic—in institutions and policies, as much as in technologies—will have lasting effects. We have less confidence that key AFS organizations and their leaders will make those adaptations than we have that such changes are increasingly, undeniably necessary. If leaders can learn these seven key AFS lessons of this pandemic, however, it will maximize the odds of innovation that ushers in healthier, more equitable, resilient and sustainable AFS.