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Food Systems in a Time of Disruption Impacts of COVID-19 on Agri-Food

As the globe deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, our food systems face severe disruption. The resources on this page are intended to assist in moving forward through the challenges, and plan not only for life after lockdown, but also for how to avoid such devastation in the future.

Webinar Series: Agri-Food in a Time of Disruption

COVID-19 + Agri-Food Webinars

Recorded webinars on COVID-19 and agri-food for insights during disruption.

Expert Insights

A cart with produce from Canada in boxes sits in front of produce shelves

Robustness of Canada’s Food Supply Chain

Arrell Chair in Food Business, Simon Somogyi sat down and reflected on the disruption that viruses such COVID-19 can cause in Canada's supply chain. Here is what he wrote...

war proaganda poster on food waste

6 history lessons for eating through COVID-19 pandemic

Guelph food historians share insights from disruptions during the last century.

Canada’s Food Price Report COVID-19 Update

Food prices expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way.

Woman holds her infant in front of a harvested wheat field, representing rural communities for a webinar

COVID-19 + Agri-Food Webinars

Recorded webinars on COVID-19 and agri-food for insights during disruption.

Educational, Interesting, and Fun Resources About Food

Resources Bringing Us Ease and Information

This is an unprecedented time of global uncertainty.

Governments around the world, including Canada, are instructing everyone to stay home if they can. We wanted to share resources and materials that we are using to learn more about food and agriculture at this time and to share the sources that we are going to for information and updates on COVID-19.

Keep scrolling to view them all.

Staying Informed

World Health Organization

Government of Canada – COVID-19

Canada Public Health

Global Affairs Canada

University of Guelph News on COVID-19

University of Guelph Experts on COVID-19 and Our Food System

What We Are Watching

Sugandha Raj, Praveena Thirunathan, Simone Weinstein (Provision Coalition Project Coordinator), Jared Stoochnoff, and Seyed Ahmadi pose with a Provision Coalition sign.

Provision Coalition Webinar Series

Provision Coalition, one of our community partners is hosting weekly webinars to create a space for dialogue on strategies to support your resiliency through the coronavirus pandemic.

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National Index on Agri-Food Performance: Webinar

The Canadian agri-food sector is considering how to demonstrate its leadership on environmental sustainability and other indicators of being a trusted food leader.

Maintaining Family Routines During the Pandemic

Prof. Jess Haines, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, offers tips for maintaining family routines during the pandemic.

U of G Expert on the Seafood Industry During the Pandemic

U of G Rural Studies Expert on Cottage Travel During the Pandemic

Safe Grocery Shopping: U of G Expert Dispels Myths

Following Along on Twitter

The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam on #FlattenTheCurve 

Arrell Chair, Dr. Philip Loring on food security and supplies during a pandemic

University of Guelph for Live Updates