Securing Zambia’s food systems during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Mulako Kabisa

The outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide has affected all sectors of the global economy. Developing countries, including Zambia, are poised to be hit hard if the spread of the virus continues unabated. For example, the sup-ply chain for imported food commodities to retail chain stores such as Shoprite, Pick n Pay, and Spar may be affected due to the lockdown in South Africa with the possibility of shortages leading to rise in food prices. With regards to informal markets, where the majority of low income households purchase food from or work, more stringent movement restrictions and closure of markets will result in a disruption of people‚Äôs livelihoods. 

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