How farms are getting closer to consumers in the pandemic (WEF)

A fruit picker harvests berries at a farm owned by DriscollÕs, a California-based seller of berries, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Zapotlan el Grande, in Jalisco state, Mexico April 29, 2020. Picture taken April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Fernando Carranza - RC2MJG97M6J3

  • Governments are calling on furloughed workers and the unemployed to help pick fruit and vegetables.
  • Farmers are supplying food directly to consumers in schemes they hope will outlast the pandemic.
  • France is streaming tales of rural life online to help city dwellers understand the reality of agriculture.


Antarctica: the final coronavirus-free frontier. But will it stay that way? (WEF)

Steve Forrest, a scientist, counts the number of chinstrap penguins in a colony standing on Anvers Island, Antarctica, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino     SEARCH "ANTARCTICA PENGUINS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RC20YE9M26UP

  • Antarctica remains the only coronavirus-free continent, but it is not immune to the effects of the pandemic.
  • Cramped living conditions at research stations could make infection particularly hazardous.
  • The region was home to increasing tourist activity before the outbreak. This has come to a halt, as have a number of research projects and intra-station activities.

Telemedicine can be a COVID-19 game-changer. Here’s how (WEF)

Dr Greg Gulbransen takes part in a telemedicine call with a patient while maintaining visits with both his regular patients and those confirmed to have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at his pediatric practice in Oyster Bay, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020.  Picture taken April 13, 2020.

  • Governments must reimagine healthcare delivery in the face of COVID-19.
  • Telemedicine could be a big part of the answer – both now, and in a post-pandemic world.
  • Here are 5 barriers to its implementation – and how to overcome them.

3 billion people could live in places as hot as the Sahara by 2070 unless we tackle climate change (WEF)

An indigenous Sahrawi man rebuilds his house, which was damaged by floods last October, in Al Smara desert refugee camp in Tindouf, southern Algeria March 4, 2016. In refugee camps near the town of Tindouf in arid southern Algeria, conditions are hard for indigenous Sahrawi residents. Residents use car batteries for electricity at night and depend on humanitarian aid to get by. The five camps near Tindouf are home to an estimated 165,000 Sahrawi refugees from the disputed region of Western Sahara, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  Matching text ALGERIA-SAHARA/ - GF10000333467

  • In the next 50 years, a third of the world’s population could be living in areas as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara now.
  • Humans have adapted to live in a narrow band of environmental and climatic fluctuations, but temperature rises threaten this.
  • Health, food security and economic growth would face huge challenges outside the temperature ranges we currently inhabit.

COVID-19 is threatening the lives of migrant children held in US custody (WEF)

Decorations cover the walls in the rooms of immigrants at the U.S. government's newest holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas, U.S. July 9, 2019. Long trailers once used to house oil workers in two-bedroom suites have been turned into 12-person dorms, with two pairs of bunk beds in each bedroom and the living room.     Picture taken July 9, 2019.

  • COVID-19 could be devastating for migrant children held in US detention centres.
  • The pandemic’s impacts pose risks to migrant children’s mental and physical health.
  • Here are 6 ways the government should act to protect vulnerable migrant youth.


Mobilising state and citizens against COVID-19: lessons from Karnataka (WEF)

Members of Karnataka's volunteer taskforce - the 'Corona Warriors'

  • In developing countries like India, COVID-19 has exacerbated existing socio-economic issues.
  • The State of Karnataka has built a network of 30,000 volunteers to fight the spread of the virus as well as help the most vulnerable.
  • Digital technology has been key in developing the systems necessary to manage this workforce.

COVID-19 in Asia: our 14 May WHO media briefing (WEF)

Our first WHO briefing about COVID-19 in Asia will take place at 07:30 Geneva time with the below speakers.


Dr. Takeshi Kasai, Regional Director for the Western Pacific, World Health Organization

Tan Hooi Ling, Co-Founder, Grab

Tan Sri Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, ExecutiveDirector, APEC Secretariat

Warren Fernandez, Editor-In-Chief, The Straits Times and Chairman of Asia News Network

Moderated by

Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

These countries are leading the transition to sustainable energy (WEF)

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at the 'Amrumbank West' offshore windpark in the northern sea near the island of Amrum, Germany September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - GF10000193142

  • The Energy Transition Index 2020 analyzes the energy sectors of 115 countries.
  • Sweden tops the global rankings as the country most prepared to transition to clean energy.
  • COVID-19 could threaten the rate at which economies adopt more sustainable power.
  • Robust long-term policies are needed to guard against shocks such as the pandemic and climate change.

‘A false dichotomy’: Global officials on the next phase in the coronavirus crisis (WEF)

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Executive Director Michael J. Ryan.

“There’s a slight false dichotomy here, in that in some sense, the health of the society has been placed against the economy of the society,” Dr. Michael J. Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, said on the debate over prioritizing lives or livelihoods amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

How COVID-19 will change China and Africa’s economic relationship (WEF)

Children wearing face masks stand listening to their friends outside their shelters, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Liberte 6 Baraka district of Dakar, Senegal May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RC2GGG93NMAL

  • China rarely agrees to debt write-offs.
  • African countries are important to China’s long-run development agenda.
  • Debt write-offs may be necessary if both want to benefit from the changed world economy, post-coronavirus.