Fish and fish products are the most highly traded food commodity internationally. Therefore, the impact of COVID-19 on the fish supply chain and operations has been profound. Demand has also been affected negatively by interruptions to the supply chain.
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – countries covered by the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia – have experienced impacts of the COVID-19 at various degrees. However, the pandemic’s consequences on their fisheries and aquaculture sector has not been documented well.
Therefore the FAO webinar provides a platform for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and industry to share experience of responding to the COVID-19 crisis.