COVID-19 and agriculture reviews

February 2021

News

While there are many resources available on COVID-19 and agriculture, angles can be fragmented, making it hard to find a narrative to make sense of the situation. These bimonthly reviews by SNV and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) provides a starting point.

These reviews provide an overview of literature and other online resources that are written and produced on COVID-19 and its impacts on agriculture. Here you will find:

· a summary of the international discussions in 5 main areas;

· a selection of key resources; plus

· a long-list of interesting resources on 5 food system areas/dimensions.

Download them here: 

In the initial stages of the COVID-19 crisis, measures taken to curb the spread of the virus, such as import/export bans and mobility restrictions, drastically impacted food value chains and thus the food security of millions of people. This created a need to understand the full extent of these impacts on agricultural value chains. In the first review of this series, these initial impacts in the context of sub-Saharan Africa were mapped according to five themes from emerging literature. It pointed to impacts and vulnerabilities from production to consumption.

Nine months into the crisis, we draw up the balance from the latest available resources. A growing number of more evidence-based research reports and academic studies provide mixed accounts of the impacts. For example, food trade, prices and availability have proven to remain relatively stable in the face of the pandemic. An overall decrease in economic activities can be observed, but many restrictive measures have already been lifted. Lastly, the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have given a new impulse to conversations on the resilience, sustainability and inclusiveness of food systems.


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