CGIAR COVID-19 Hub

CGIAR COVID-19 HUB

The CGIAR COVID-19 Hub provides a coordinated research response to the global pandemic threatening health systems worldwide, along with posing serious risks to food security; local businesses and national economies; and hard-fought progress by stakeholders at all levels towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Convening researchers, funders, and key stakeholders, the Hub focuses on supporting national response and recovery work across CGIAR research themes, harnessing knowledge for emergency response, recovery, and resilience.

Launched 23 June 2020, the Hub focuses on the four research pillars making up the core of CGIAR’s response to COVID-19:

    1. Food Systems
    2. One Health
    3. Inclusive Public Programs
    4. Policies and Investments

To concretely and actively work toward progress in each of these pillars, the CGIAR COVID-19 Hub will focus on four primary work areas:

Value Chain Fractures | One Health | Supporting Country Responses | Food System Fragilities

These four work areas will enable Hub researchers to help countries and partners build back better - it is not enough to simply return to business as usual after the COVID-19 crisis. This is a priority for a united CGIAR in its efforts to transform food systems to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, and improve the quality of natural resources and ecosystem services, in line with global goals on sustainable development and climate change.

Read the report: "Responding to COVID-19: CGIAR's Contribution to Global Response, Recovery, and Resilience" and a 4-point CGIAR response plan on COVID-19.

The CGIAR COVID-19 Hub is a global initiative hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), and co-implemented by the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute, the CGIAR System Organization, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Research takes place across CGIAR’s global network of 14 Research Centers and 15 Research Programs and Platforms, in close collaboration with other research organizations, policymakers, NGOs, and many other stakeholders.

Already, CGIAR is developing critical tools and databases, conducting cutting-edge research, and serving as information sources on COVID-19 challenges and impacts during this emergency response phase of the pandemic, with an eye towards what policymakers and others will need to know as countries move through subsequent phases. Highlights of this work include:

COVID-19 Policy Response Portal

As countries consider how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, this portal aggregates policy responses in nine different domains for more than two dozen countries.

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Zoonotic pathogens in urban animals

This review looks at studies conducted on zoonoses in urban animals, including peri-domestic wildlife, pets, and livestock.

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COVID-19 Food Price Monitor

The Food Security Portal’s COVID-19 Food Price Monitor serves as a temperature check of market conditions for staple and non-staple foods at the local level.

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Food export restrictions tracker

Trade restrictions may negatively impact food security. This tool tracks restrictions on food exports as national policies respond to COVID-19.

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Gender-sensitive social protection programs

Countries are adapting social protection programs and systems to mitigate against the COVID-19 crisis. This summary researchers considers adaptations that can make program design and implementation more gender sensitive.

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Global cropland monitoring tool

This tool uses satellite technology to help authorities with issues related to agricultural planning, including labor, machinery, and preventing crops wasting in the fields.

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Learn more about CGIAR work on COVID-19 here or by contacting us at COVID-19-Hub@cgiar.org.

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