Purdue Develops Agricultural Supply-Risk Tool

Purdue University is allowing citizens to keep track of the risks COVID-19 has placed on agricultural products. Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics—in collaboration with Microsoft—has created the Purdue Food and Agricultural Vulnerability Index, an online dashboard that quantifies potential risks to agricultural commodities. Supply vulnerability depends on the number of farmers and agricultural workers affected, location of the affected workers, crops and animals that are grown in the most impacted regions and the degree to which production is concentrated in a particular geographic region. Professor Jayson Lusk says the tool is designed to help detect if and when problems emerge in where our food comes from, and to be able to pinpoint problem spots. The online dashboard is free to use.