The global disruptive effects of the recent covid-19 outbreak, are also affecting the work of FIT4FOOD2030. The outbreak and the disruptions resulting from it, in our view emphasize the need to further work on securing future food systems that are resilient, sustainable, innovative, adaptive and inclusive. Enhancing all these properties together allows complex systems like food systems to better be able to deal with sudden shocks such as pandemics. While those working throughout the food systems continue to work tirelessly to achieve food and nutrition security for the world’s population, crises like these expose the vulnerabilities of our current food systems. Disruptive events can lead to severe problems in for instance global markets, food supply chains, food security and socio-cultural dimensions of food consumption. We observe emerging and uncomfortable trade-offs between social, economic, environmental and health related dynamics in food systems.

As a project, FIT4FOOD2030 is committed to continue working on future-proofing EU food systems through transformation of research and innovation (R&I). Current events reveal the need to adopt holistic approaches in food systems research and governance. Such systemic approaches help to identify and mitigate undesirable dynamics such as trade-offs, but also to find synergies between different sectors and policy fields. It might allow us to better identify leverage points where intervention for transformation can be most successful. Current events also stress the societal relevance of research and innovation, while highlighting the importance and challenges of integrating the different visions and views of the many different stakeholders operating in the system to find (policy) solutions. This further motivates us to continue in articulating systems approaches and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for European food systems.

Our project heavily relies on stakeholder engagement for the work performed by our 25 Labs across Europe, but also in the many other activities organized by the partners of our consortium. In order to continue our work in the coming months, we will move towards digital solutions to facilitate interactive sessions on the future of European food systems.

Below, we share some publicly available information on the relation between covid-19 and food systems, how to engage public online, foresight articles on post COVID-19, present some stories of how our Labs are dealing with the changing situation, and offer some of the project’s tools that might be useful to (digitally) engage with stakeholders on the future food systems!

Take care and stay healthy,

The Partners of FIT4FOOD2030.

COVID19 Impact on Food Systems

Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN)

High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)

Policy brief on the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security; a list of helpful key messages.

COVID-19 and the risk to food supply chains: How to respond?

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief on how to respond to COVID-19 and the risk to food supply chains.

Global Issue COVID-19

World Economic Forum

Interactive policy map of COVID 19’s impact across different economic sectors.

Global Issue COVID-19

Center for Strategie & International Studies (CSIS) – Global Food Security Programme

General advice on food security and COVID-19 with a US focus.

General advice Food security – What you need to know page US focused but tackling general advice

Food and coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

General advice and answers on common questions and concerns on COVID-19 and food.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

World Health Organisation (WHO)

General advice and myth busters about COVID 19, food and health.

Working or studying from home? FAO has a lot to share

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Educational resource of all the online content from FAO.

FAO elearning Academy 

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO’s e-learning platform with educational resources.

Meet the food and drink heroes

FoodDrink Europe

#FoodHero stories from the industry keeping the food supply chain running through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Where did all the food go?

BBC World Service (The Food Chain Podcast)

Podcast on the impact of stockpiling and lockdown during COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.

SDG2 & COVID-19: reading list 

SDG2 Advocacy Hub

Reading list of thought-provoking pieces linking COVID-19 and SDG2 (Zero Hunger) for inclusion.

COVID-19 Pandemic

World Food Programme (WFP)

Overview of WFP publications and resources.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO’s portal of resources linked to COVID-19, this includes policy tools.

Resource list on Food Systems and Nutrition responses and COVID-19

United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)

List of resources mostly focused on nutrition and COVID-19. Targeted responses, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, school aged children and emergency contexts are all highlighted.

Lastest news and view on COVID-19 and food systems 

Nutrition Connect

Contains a list of resources and an ongoing blog series from Food Nutrition Security (FNS) experts, and curated publications from a variety of sources.

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

EIT Food, Queen’s University Belfast

Learn how agri-food supply chains deal with crises and get practical advice on how you can minimise disruption during COVID-19.

Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2020)

Global Network Against Food Crises, Food Security Information Network (FSIN)

This report includes a short analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on food security on pages 4 and 5.

Engaging the Public Online

Digital tools for participation: Where to start?


A few pointers to help get you started with tools to enable participation, collaboration and discussion.

Meaningful engagement – online events

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Online Engagement: A guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events

How to redesign online collaboration?

Strategic Design Scenarios

Don’t mimic face-to-face meetings! SDS has drafted a series of design guidelines to rethink online collaboration and come up with an entirely different structure for organising distant meetings.

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections


Guide to virtual museum resources (updated regularly).

Virtual Communities for Impact – Toolkit

IAC, Berlin; Impact Hub; WWF

A toolkit for online community building for impact.

A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak


Tips, tools and examples for events during COVID-19. Tools for virtual events (tip no.3) and examples of virtual events (tip no.4) are helpful resources for event organisers.

Foresight on post COVID-19 society

GNLC Webinars: UNESCO learning cities’ response to COVID-19


A list of webinars developed by UNESCO on cities’ response to COVID-19.

Museum lives in post-pandemia (Webinar)

Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO)

List of webinars, one on 6th May 2020, 11:00 CEST on Museums in post COVID19.

City Labs and COVID-19

Find out what the FIT4FOOD2030 labs are doing to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Lab Trentino

The project Nutrire Trento (Feeding Trento) has not stopped during the COVID-19 emergency. It continues to identify ideas and solutions to improve the quality of the food for the city, providing healthy food that adequately remunerates all actors in the food supply chain.

Promoted by the Municipality of Trento and the University of Trento and involving producers, various sectors of the economy, schools and associations, Nutrire Trento (Feeding Trento) has recently become a pilot case of the EIT Climate KIC-funded project Saturn, coordinated by Fondazione Edmund Mach, who are also the hosts of the Food Lab Trentino under FIT4FOOD2030.

City Lab Milan

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, coordinator of the City Lab Milan, aims to engage with people starting with their daily lives under the new measures imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic – and access to food plays a large role in this. Barbara Gallavotti, scientific journalist and advisor of the museum, spoke to Ivano Vacondio, president of the Italian Federation of Food Industry – Federalimentare. In the interview they dive into the topic of food systems and COVID-19. The interview can also viewed on Youtube and on Facebook.

The interview is part of the museum’s initiative titled; Stories behind closed-doors (#storieaportechiuse), which allows visitors of all ages tour behind-the-scenes, exploration the museum’s collections and archives, as well as science news and educational lab activities.

City Lab Athens

Ellinogermaniki Agogi, host of the FIT4FOOD2030 City Lab in Athens have been busy despite the challenges set out by the current Covid-19 pandemic. During this time they have had the opportunity to revisit topics that their FIT4FOOD2030 educational modules tackle in an online setting with high school students. In addition, they participated in the Panhellenic School Competition called “Bravo! Schools, Sustainable Greece 2020” with their submission based on an educational module developed during the FIT4FOOD2030 project.

FIT4FOOD2030 Tools

Here you will discover FIT4FOOD2030 project’ tools that might be useful to (digitally) engage with stakeholders on the future food systems!

Trends in the Food System – The Card Game


An interactive card game, which can be used in interactive dialogue sessions, as an ice-breaker to connect and engage in conversations on different topics relevant to the food system.

Workshop on nutrition and COVID-19


A webinar/online workshop about the link between food, nutrition, health and COVID-19 on June 17. The workshop involved presentations by Christophe Matthys (Associate Professor at University of Leuven) and Emely de Vet (Professor at University of Wageningen), followed by a panel discussion with speakers, members of JPI HDHL Scientific and Stakeholder Advisory and representatives from JPI HDHL projects.