Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 17 No. 1

Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 17 No. 1

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2020 | Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD) Vol. 17 No. 1 | 133 pages

AJAD 17.1's banner article "Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on agricultural Production in Southeast Asia: Toward Transformative Change in Agricultural Food Systems" posits that the COVID-19 pandemic during the first quarter of 2020 is estimated to result in 3.11 percent (17.03 million tons) reduction in aggregate volume of agricultural production in Southeast Asia due to decline in agricultural farm labor affecting 100.77 million individuals. This could translate to 1.4 percent decrease in the region's GDP, equivalent to USD 3.76 billion. Ensuring a systemic transformation of the agricultural systems into resilient, sustainable, productive, and inclusive food systems would be crucial for the future of Southeast Asia.