Covid-19 Responses Provide Lessons For Africa's Food Systems

When Covid-19 hit, governments all over the world became responsible for curbing the spread of the virus. Leaders across Africa came up with regulations that have affected the livelihoods of small-scale fishers and farmers, but in different ways.

A project following the impacts of Covid-19 responses and the political economy of the African food systems looked at South AfricaTanzania and Ghana, and was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).

The partnership between activist organisations and university based researchers chose these three countries with a particular purpose in mind. South Africa has a very corporate-based food system whereas Tanzania has a food system dominated by small scale farmers and small scale fishers and Ghana is somewhere in between.


Benedict Manyi nurses his kale crops, using harvested water pulled from his farm pond with a solar pump, in Makueni County, Kenya, August 3, 2021.

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