Funded through a grant from Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, SAWBO RAPID serves as an educational intervention program to disseminate crucial information related to COVID-19's secondary economic impacts, including disruption to trade, supply chains and markets.
SAWBO RAPID will ensure that important COVID-19 information will be delivered across borders, cultures and literacy levels by quickly developing educational animations in local languages and using virtual dissemination platforms to reach remote and marginalized communities.
The program also builds on SAWBO's research-to-impact program. The program, with over 33 publications addressing research questions necessary to support SAWBO strategies, is an example of a cutting-edge approach where land grant institutions can take research outcomes to create meaningful impacts in a COVID-19 world. Prior to SAWBO RAPID, the SAWBO program had created over 90 animated topics in over 145 language variants, most of them available directly on ECHOcommunity.org and through the ECHOcommunity Mobile App.