Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are ranked among the most vulnerable countries in the world. Challenged by a multitude of developmental challenges: triple burden of disease, geographical isolation from markets and restricted natural resources. On top of being the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 1% of CO2 emissions.
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and in addition to natural and human disasters. SIDS livelihoods are more at risk than ever, with significant impacts on economies, food supply chains and tourism.
In this FAO Brussels Dialogue, the voices of SIDS will be amplified by a distinguished list of speakers featuring Heads of State and Government from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region joined by leaders from the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), FAO and the European Union. The dialogue will raise awareness on their structural vulnerabilities and the looming impacts on food systems as a result of the pandemic. Drawing inspiration from FAO projects funded by the European Union, we will identify solutions and pathways for SIDS to improve their food security and livelihoods.
Only together can we help Small Islands Developing States mitigate the devastating impacts of COVID-19 in their food systems and make them achieve a sustainable future. Be part of the solution.