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Distinguished Speaker Series lecture in Global DevelopmentAbstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy responses has significantly impacted food and nutrition security and livelihoods for large parts of the world’s population, most especially the poor in developing countries. The pandemic’s impact on food systems and value chains has varied, showcasing the ways in which e-commerce, technologies, and value-chain integration can help countries and regions become more resilient against future shocks. This presentation will delve into the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and offer lessons for transforming food systems so that they are not only resilient, but also healthy, efficient, sustainable, and inclusive of the world’s most vulnerable people.Speaker:Dr. Johan Swinnen is Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Global Director of the Systems Transformation Science Group at CGIAR. Dr. Swinnen has published extensively on agricultural and food policies, international development, political economy, institutional reforms, trade, and global value chains. He holds leadership roles for various taskforces, including the Food Systems Economics Commission and the Think20 Task Force on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, and Environment.Prior to joining IFPRI and the CGIAR, Dr. Swinnen was professor and director of the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, lead economist at the World Bank, economic advisor to many international institutions, and guest professor at several universities, including Stanford University’s Centre for Food Security and the Environment.Dr. Swinnen earned his PhD from Cornell University and holds honorary doctorates from University of Göttingen and the Slovak University of Agriculture. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and the European Association of Agricultural Economists and served as president of the International Associatio