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COVID-19 and Fresh Produce Value Chains: A Latin American Supply Response

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark
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COVID-19 and Global Supply Chain Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global fruit and vegetable trade, impacting both demand and supply. Images of fresh produce being dumped or left to rot in the fields flooded news channels during several months of 2020. This webinar will discuss how Latin American suppliers in the global industry responded to this crisis. These suppliers are amongst the largest of fresh fruit and vegetables exporters globally, and the labor-intensive sector provides employment and income for millions of workers and producers within these developing country economies. Topics will include how extreme competition and pressure from buyers within the Global Value Chain (GVC) prior to COVID prepared many of these suppliers to rise to the occasion; the dramatic rise of e-commerce and its impact on the relationships between actors in the chain and the likely re-shaping of these global supply chains as a result of the crisis.

Join the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program (RDP) COVID-19 and Global Supply Chain Series for a conversation with distinguished GVC experts Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark (International Consultants and Senior Researchers at Duke Global Value Chains Center) jointly moderated by Gary Gereffi, Director of Duke Global Value Chains Center, and Giovanni Zanalda, Director of the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS).

This event is open to the public, but registration is required.

Contact: Xiaojuan Ping