Watch: Gilbert Houngbo on food security and COVID-19

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The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development speaks with Devex's president and editor-in-chief about the effects of the pandemic on food security. Via YouTube

Food insecurity is one of the most significant aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting millions of people. Gilbert Houngbo, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, has identified “three major pillars” that will become more important as the world grapples with the effects of the coronavirus crisis on rural communities.

COVID-19: A conversation with Gilbert Houngbo

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In an interview with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar, Houngbo detailed those areas of focus, including: using precision agriculture, which maximizes the use of technology in rural communities; investing more in resilience to find a long-lasting solution to insurance in these communities; and improving social protection for rural communities so they have a better sense of safety nets.

The leader of the Rome-based United Nations agency said that food shortages and waste due to pandemic lockdowns are accelerating a move to “digital agriculture” that will be centered around these three themes.

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About the author

  • Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.