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Welcome to week 2!

Hello and welcome to week two of the course. Last week we explored the agri-food chain, defined food integrity and showcased the work done by the industry and government to ensure the integrity of our food chain.

One of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is that many of us are confined to home. That includes children, parents, students, professionals, pensioners and many more. With our movement being severely restricted, concerns have been growing amongst consumers about the ability of the agri-food supply chain to ensure all of us get food on our plates.

This week we will take a closer look at the impact a ‘crisis situation’ can have on our food chain, how the agri-food chain copes with these crisis situations and the role the consumer can play to minimise disruption. We will also explore how universities and companies can make a difference with innovative services and solutions and collaborate to produce action plans to ensure food integrity.

A better understanding of the agri-food supply chains and the contingency plans put in place by its stakeholders will help to empower you as a consumer to become an agent for change in your community and counter the fear, distrust and scepticism that currently exists.

We hope you enjoy!

Before you begin

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Panic-Buying During Crisis: How Do Food Supply Chains Cope?

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