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Stronger local food value chains can leave Eastern and Southern Africa more resilient post COVID-19 

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Resource ID

18421

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics

Crops

Dryland cereals, Grain legumes

Systems

Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda

Global Date

01/May/2020

Title

Stronger local food value chains can leave Eastern and Southern Africa more resilient post COVID-19

Keywords

COVID-19 pandemic, Food value chains, Eastern and Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, The World Food Programme, laborer's Income, laborers' livelihoods

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Author/Key contact

Dr Sabine Homann - Kee Tui

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1852-5, 01 May 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/stronger-local-food-value-chains-can-leave-eastern-and-southern-africa-more-resilient-post-covid-19/

Description

COVID-19 has seized the drylands of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), home to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Mitigation efforts by governments in the region are starting to have significant adverse impacts on local food value chains. Lockdowns are in place in Zimbabwe, Uganda and partially in Kenya. In Zimbabwe, where civil society protests have been historically suppressed, vendors in urban areas have been ordered to shutdown to stop the spread of the virus; in Harare, ‘illegal’ vending stalls were even demolished. Contrastingly in Malawi, and in a first for Africa during the pandemic, thousands took to streets in urban centers of Blantyre and Mzuzu to protest the lockdown, which was later struck down by a court apprehending the fallout from it.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

01/May/2020

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