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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, and welcome to this online course on panic buying in a time of crisis and how food supply chains cope. My name is Maarten van der Kamp and I'm the director of Education for EIT Food and I'm really delighted that you can make this course. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has shown very clearly how easily everyday life can be disrupted, from how we think about health care to how the economy works, but also about how food arrives on our plate in normal times and in crisis situations.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsSo part of our mission at EIT Food is to work with consumers and citizens to build an understanding of how food systems work and to think about ways how it can make us more resilient for an uncertain future. So we've put together this course to start addressing some of the questions that have arisen, particularly from the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to panic buying, and in terms of questions that have been raised about the sustainability of food supply. So over the next two weeks, we'll be answering a number of those key questions with you to figure out why did we see empty shelves when even governments and businesses were reassuring that there was sufficient food to go around.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsWhat can we learn from other food crises that we've had in the past to inform what makes sense to do in the future? So that jointly we build up this real good picture of making sure that we've got a sustainable food system towards the future. And if ever there is going to be another food crisis, that consumers and citizens know also how to play their role in shaping a food system and to make sure that there is sufficient food for Everybody. So we're going to be packing in quite a lot in a short course. But I'm really looking forward to having those conversations with you all along the course.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 secondsAnd I hope you really enjoy being on the journey with us.

Welcome to the course!

Hello and welcome to ‘Understanding Food Supply Chains in a Time of Crisis’ a European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food online course, produced by Queen’s University Belfast with support from the University of Reading and the University of Turin.

In this video, Maarten van der Kamp, Director of EIT Food education programme introduces our course and decribes how the recent Covid-19 crisis can disrupt everyday life including how food arrives on our plate.

The Course

The global food system is increasingly encountering problems which can impact the quality, safety, authenticity and sustainability of food production; and consumer trust. These have been highlighted by the recent Covid-19 crisis where we have seen empty shelves in our supermarkets’.

Over the next two weeks, we hope to answer some of the key questions which have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and reassure European citizens that our food supply chains are resilient.

In particular, we will map the agri-food chain; showcase the work by industry, academia and government to ensure the integrity of our food chain; outline how the sector copes during a crisis situation; and empower consumers to make responsible buying decisions.

We hope you enjoy!

Introduce yourself

Before we begin, we would love to hear something about you and your interests in the food supply chain. Please introduce yourself now in the comments. You may want to include:

  • What country you are based in

  • Your interest in food production

  • What you hope to learn from the course

About EIT Food

This course has been developed in partnership with EIT Food.

Please note that due to Covid-19, all our video contributors had to self-record themselves using a laptop or smartphone. As a result, the audio quality is not optimal. We apologies for the inconvenience. Should you want to better understand the video content, we have provided the English audio transcript in the downloads section below.

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