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How Does The Epidemic Affect Agricultural Production and Food Safety? (2): Solution Suggestions to Global Food Crisis
In this part of the file "How Does The Epidemic Affect Agricultural Production and Food Safety?", we include experts' solution suggestions for reasons of problems such as' food nationalism ' at the global level which means countries prioritizing stocking on their own food, as supplying food becomes more difficult and more expensive due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kızılay has identified the outbreak of the Coronavirus as “disaster” and declared mobilization in order to support those in need. President of Kızılay Kerem Kınık to whom we’ve talked about their work concerning epidemic reminded that they recently started receiving the first plasma donation containing antibodies in the treatment of COVID-19 and said: “In order to reach more needy people, we need the support of our philanthropists. This is the day for solidarity.”
Struggle of Local Administrations with the Epidemic (1):
“Istanbul Aid and Coordination Center (IYKM) Provides Coordination”
In this file titled “The Struggle of Local Administrations with the Epidemic”, we tackle the policies of local governments adopt to combat the coronavirus that includes the civilian actors, as well as the discussions on the ongoing donation discussions between the central government and local governments (Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Gaziantep) . In the first part of our file, where we will also include the evaluations of Elif Avcı from Yereliz Association, we’ve talked to Özlem Göçer, the coordinator of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IBB) Aid and Coordination Unit.
Today, we are discussing the applications implemented by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality during the epidemic process. We’ve talked to İzmir Metropolitan Municipality’s Communication Coordinator Özgür Gürbüz about the approach of İzmir Municipality towards combatting the pandemic and the steps taken to promote solidarity. Gürbüz says that considering the economic and social consequences of the crisis will be severe, solidarity has been brought to the fore especially in İzmir.
La Strada SiCura is a community founded in Trieste, Italy, by a group of doctors with the goal of eliminating health discrimination. The community is a newly established NGO who targets disadvantaged groups such as migrants. Their work is mainly located near the train station of Trieste, offering treatment opportunities and material support such as food and clothing to migrants walking through the Balkan route. We talked to the community about their organizations and their areas of activity.
Besides the civil society actors who have been working hard to fight Coronavirus, new civil initiatives that have been founded in the past few months also contribute to solidarity and collaboration. Citizens’ Solidarity Network, founded during the epidemic process is the latest of these initiatives…
In this file titled “How Does The Epidemic Affect Agricultural Production and Food Safety?”, we discuss the effects of the epidemic on the agriculture and food sector, the measures taken and the solution suggestions of knowledgeable and experienced experts and organizations.
Like art institutions, artists also go through rough days due to culture and arts activities being stopped by Coronavirus measures. We talked with the Artist Support Platform established under the leadership of musician Hüseyin Aygün together with the composer and songwriter Can Kazaz and actor Yiğit Sertdemir on what Coronavirus days will bring for the art world. Although the artists are both spiritually and financially anxious, they believe that the pressure of today will be replaced by new creations, excitement and by a system free from old mistakes.
We talked to Levent Ayaşoğlu, the coordinator of Earth Is Home Association that is based in Ankara’s Altındağ district about the conditions of refugees and what should be done. Ayaşoğlu states that the suspension of the work of public and non-governmental organizations among the field during the pandemic has negatively affected the refugees and the poor in the region.