COVID-19 & food systems: twitter chat

COVID-19 has brought to the light the fragility of our food systems and the importance to build resilience, especially for the most vulnerable, which are already feeling the biggest impact.

On 9 April, the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and the SDG2 Advocacy Hub will host a twitter chat to help elevate food systems amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gathering diverse voices, the twitter chat will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on our food systems and look at how we move forward quickly to build resilience. We also look to celebrate the role food systems play in delivering good food for all as we build towards the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.


Here are the details: 

Time & date: 9 April at 10am EDT/ 3pm BST/ 4pm CAT

Focus: Impact of COVID-19 on food systems

Format: 45 minute twitter chat with 7 questions published from @FoodSystems with #COVID19foodsystems

Questions:  Find here the questions in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin.

  1. What is a “food system” and how are they being impacted around the world by COVID-19? 
    Part 2: Rate the top challenge facing @foodsystems around the world: 
    • Slowed global food trade
    • Rise in food prices
    • Shortage of labour for harvesting or planting

    2. How does the disruption that we’re seeing in many parts of the world highlight the fragility of our current food systems?

    3. How can we build resilience now, and how can we ensure that future food systems are inclusive and beneficial to the most  vulnerable?

    4. What are 3 key lessons from the COVID-19 challenge? 

    5. From local food producers to kitchen gardens to shelved goods, how can we ensure food is accessible, affordable & available for all? #LeaveNoOneBehind

   6. At the centre of all celebrations is #food. How will we engage with food differently post - COVID-19?

   7. How is UN Food Systems Summit 2021 providing an opportunity to “build back better” and what is one key outcome? What role for food system stakeholders?

Find here the questions in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin.


Find here a cheat sheet with guidelines for a twitter chat.