Following its launch in Accra, Ghana at the African Green Revolution Forum in September 2019 (AGRF 2019), the Coalition aims to become a leading platform in supporting the establishment of a more predictable, climate and private sector friendly policy environment, for food trade and food security. In 2020, Members of the coalition established two COVID-19 Coalition Task Forces (TFs): (i) Food and Nutrition Security Data and Hunger Hotspots (FNSDHS); and (ii) Logistical and Trade Corridors Task Force which would champion the response plan and allow for sharing of information and learnings on how best to manage a likely food security crisis. These TFs comprise of key private sector actors, research organizations, Regional Economic Communities, regional initiatives and development partners. These stakeholders are involved in consultations as well as undertaking evidence gathering, sharing lessons learned and challenges faced, and monitoring activities that bring a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on regional trade activities and to propose mechanisms and interventions for responding to the primary (i.e., prevention measures, short term supply of food and inputs) and secondary effects (i.e., policy predictability, food security, poverty etc.) of the pandemic. These TFs have held various consultative meetings and organized webinars on topical issues, and undertaken analysis to inform their advocacy activities.
As part of its evidence generating activities, the Coalition, through the FNSDHHS TF engaged one of its members, the Regional Network of Agricultural Research Institutes (ReNAPRI), to undertake broad evidence synthesis of commentary and analyses regarding the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on SSA food systems since the outbreak of the pandemic in order to unpack the complex impacts of the crisis, particularly with respect to domestic food value chains, regional/international food trade, and food and nutrition security.