COVID-19 and Global Supply Chains

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Global Value Chain Campaign Seeks to Help Poorest Nations

November 18, 2021

Duke Today's recap of our event: "Global Value Chains for Least Developed Countries: A Proposal to the WTO," where Duke's Gary Gereffi and his academic colleagues, Ari van Assche and Stephanie Barrientos, presented their proposal to WTO Deputy Director-General Anabel Gonzáles, and to Chad ambassador in Geneva H.E. Ahmad Makaila and Mustafizur Rahman (fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh).


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Global Value Chains for Least Developed Countries: A Letter to WTO Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 

October18, 2021

Duke Gary Gereffi, HEC Montréal Ari Van Assche and University of Manchester Stephanie Barrientos co-signed a letter addressed to both World Trade Organization's Director-General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Least Developed Countries' Coordinator, H.E. Mr. Ahmad Makaila, where they propose a multilateral scheme for boosting LDC’s inclusion in the global trade system.

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Gary Gereffi at the US Senate Hearing
Gary Gereffi: How Research on Global Value Chains Can Help U.S. Competitiveness

August 9, 2021

Duke professor Gary Gereffi testified last July 15 before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on "Implementing Supply Chain Resiliency." In this interview, he expands on the topics of his hearing and explains how the value-chain framework can enhance U.S. competitiveness, promote a sustainable economy and a large number of good-quality jobs.

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Increasing Resilience of Medical Supply Chains During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 24, 2021

In an article for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Industrial Analytics Platform, Duke's global value chains expert Gary Gereffi writes that the COVID pandemic "highlighted the fact that many global value chains are optimized for profit maximization and efficiency instead of resilience."


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Shaping Sustainable Supply Chains

December 15, 2020

Gary Gereffi, Emeritus Professor at Duke Sociology and director of the Duke Global Value Chains Center investigated multiple societal dilemmas arising in global supply chains and offered insights into evidence-based solutions to shift towards more sustainable and fair global supply chains.


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Latin America's Fresh Produce Exports Unscathed by COVID

October 30, 2020

The world’s largest fresh produce suppliers handled the crisis with a mix of innovation, diversification, and a more flexible labor market, explained international consultants Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark at a DUCIGS event on Global Supply Chains. 


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Covid-19 Shortages of Medical Supplies: What Is the Problem and How to Solve It?

October 20, 2020

Duke professor Gary Gereffi spoke at Duke Campus Club on novel coronavirus pandemic as a twin crisis in terms of public health and economic crisis. He suggested options for more resilient supply chains. Watch the video of the event here.


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An Historical Opportunity for U.S. - Mexico Trade

September 29, 2020

Two experts in U.S.-Mexico trade relationships say that COVID-19 showed the attractiveness of producing in North America. But the recently signed USMCA agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will need to redefine essential supply chains and how they work.


June 2, 2020

UVA Professor Jennifer Bair joined Penn State Professor Mark Anner and Duke Professors Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda for a conversation on “COVID Disruptions to the Apparel Supply Chain: Focus on Bangladesh.” 

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Food Supply Chains and COVID-19: Mother Nature and Selective Resilience
April 30, 2020

Two food logistics data scientists, Duke alumnus Elliott Wolf and Dr. Daniel Wintz, joined professors’ Gary Gereffi, Lori Leachman, and Giovanni Zanalda for a discussion on the working of food supply chains and their resilience during the COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19 And Global Supply Chains: Disruptions And Restructuring
April 21, 2020

Duke Professor Gary Gereffi and IMF’s economist Tamim Bayoumi joined DUCIGS Director Giovanni Zanalda in a webinar conversation on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international trade and global supply chains.