Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda
Stronger local food value chains can leave Eastern and Southern Africa more resilient post COVID-19
COVID-19 pandemic, Food value chains, Eastern and Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, The World Food Programme, laborer's Income, laborers' livelihoods
Dr Sabine Homann - Kee Tui
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.
Eastern & Southern Africa Program