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How Would Agricultural Finance Look in a “New Normal”?

Created May 11 2020, 8:04 AM by Fotios Stravoravdis

By Panos Varangis, Juan Buchenau, Diego Arias and Toshiaki Ono


Augustin Baharanyi, the Director for Planning at the Ministry of Agriculture in the Democratic Republic of Congo is discussing with his colleagues at the Ministries of Planning and Finance how exactly and for how long COVID-19 will affect the economy and the agrifood system, which is a critical economic and social sector, and what the world we live in will look like until medical solutions, be it a cure or a vaccination, are effective and widely available. All these are critical questions that many public sector officials are struggling with as they design policy responses under a scenario of huge uncertainty.