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El Salvador: e-Commerce flourishes with COVID-19

Two years ago, Salvadoran consumers had few options for online purchases.
In fiscal year 2020 (October 2019-September 2020), total U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico declined by five percent to $18.1 billion from the previous fiscal year.
Canada’s effective national pandemic response has helped Canada’s food and agriculture industries settle into a relatively stable ‘new normal’ operating environment, despite acute disruptions...
Bilateral trade of agricultural products between the United States and the Dominican Republic has increased during the first six months of Calendar Year 2020 (CY 2020), despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following China’s detection that a surface sample of chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, the Hong Kong government has suspended the license application for products...
In response to industry challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced temporary flexibility, until September 15, 2020, in enforcing some...
British Columbia restaurants and bars will be able to purchase alcoholic beverages at wholesale prices through March 31, 2021; hospitality sector businesses have traditionally paid full retail prices.
The Caribbean tourism industry and the hotel/restaurant food service sector have been significantly impacted in both the near and long-term as a result of COVID-19.
While the Brazilian economy has faltered as a result of the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the country’s agricultural sector has thrived.
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Guatemala: COVID-19 Impact on Guatemalan Agriculture

Guatemala’s GDP growth is expected to slow as a result of COVID-19. The agricultural sector’s participation in the national GDP is expected to drop from 13.5 to 9.7%.
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Canada: Gradual Reopening of Foodservice and Travel

Following months of closure due to COVID-19, Canadian provinces are gradually allowing restaurants & bars to reopen at reduced capacity and under strict social distancing and public health protocols.
The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has devised a number of initiatives geared at assisting local farmers to weather the COVID-19 crisis.