Evolving effects of COVID-19 on poverty and food security: What are we learning from China?

After the COVID-19 outbreak began in December in Hubei Province, China locked down many areas to control the spread of the disease, and the economy ground to halt. Since the easing of restrictions in April, life has largely returned to normal and many economic activities have resumed. However, the lockdowns have had significant—and still not well-understood—impacts on livelihoods and food security. 

Join us for this session where presenters will explore short-term and mid-term impacts on Chinese SMEs, villages and rural households, vulnerable groups, and food value chains.

Opening Remarks

Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI


Kevin Chen, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Xinshen Diao, Deputy Division Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI
Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Xiaobo Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Concluding Perspectives

Shenggen Fan, Senior Chair Professor, China Agricultural University (CAU) 


Katarlah Taylor, Events Manager, IFPRI