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COVID-19, Agricultural Markets, and Trade

AAEA session at the 2022 ASSA Annual Meeting

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a dual shock affecting both supply and demand for agricultural and food products. Measures to control the spread of the disease involved many supply-chain-related activities, including production, processing, logistics, and retailing. Border and travel restrictions have led to shortages in agricultural labor, limited access to inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, lower capacity in the food processing industry, and challenged the distribution of food products. At the same time, significant reductions in income, restrictions on the movement of people, and the closure of restaurants and food services induced rapid changes in food consumption patterns.

In the AAEA session at ASSA 2022 “COVID-19, Agricultural Markets, and Trade” the papers use frontier research methods to investigate the link between COVID-19, agricultural markets, and trade.

  • Has Global Agricultural Trade Been Resilient Under Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Findings from an Econometric Assessment
    Shawn Arita, USDA Office of the Chief Economist
    Jason H. Grant, Virginia Tech
    Sharon Sydow, USDA Office of the Chief Economist
    Jayson Beckman, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Covid-19 Trade Actions and Their Impact on the Agricultural and Food Sector
    Soojung Ahn, University of Connecticut
    Sandro Steinbach, University of Connecticut
  • Seafood Supply and Demand Disruptions: The Covid-19 Pandemic and Shrimp
    Ly Nguyen, University of Florida
    Andrew Schmitz, University of Florida

The three papers provide new insights on COVID-19, agricultural markets, and trade that complement one another not only in terms of the issues studied but also in terms of methodology. This session at 2022 ASSA meeting will be on January 8 from 12:15 pm -2:15 pm Eastern, and promises to stimulate a lively discussion.

If you are interested viewing this session with a free Press & Media Registration, please contact Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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