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1000 Titel
  • Governing COVID-19: analyzing the effects of policy responses on food systems in Tanzania
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  1. Mugabe, Paschal A. |
  2. Renkamp, Theresa M. |
  3. Rybak, Constance |
  4. Mbwana, Hadija |
  5. Gordon, Chris |
  6. Sieber, Stefan |
  7. Löhr, Katharina |
1000 Erscheinungsjahr 2022
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  • 2022-09-09
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  • 11(1):47
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  • 2022
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  • BACKGROUND: The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic increased debates on global public health concerns. From early 2020 to 2022, globally, life was upended in the wake of the pandemic. Industries of all kinds were forced to rapidly changed how they work, including agriculture. Particularly for smallholder farmers in developing countries, the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with climate change effects, negatively affected their livelihoods. Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is unrealistic if immediate efforts are not made to address the existential threats facing smallholder farmers. This study analyzes COVID-19 governance and policy responses, examining its effects on smallholder farmers in the south and east of Tanzania using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. RESULTS: Findings show that mobility restrictions imposed by other countries and fears of the Tanzanian people leading to voluntary isolation resulted in an amended structure of farmers’ markets: Reductions in exports, imports and in the purchasing power of the local people followed. Food security was diminished as food availability on the market level was reduced due to mobility restrictions. The impact of COVID-19 resulted in more than 85% of smallholder farmers experiencing an income reduction, thus also increasing the pre-existing vulnerability of these communities. Findings show that farms producing non-exported crops had less severe income reductions and could cope better. The results indicate that only 20% of smallholder farmers started using digital information technology to gather information since physical movements were restricted. Access to technology remained limited in rural areas. Even during the COVID-19 crises, farmers’ concerns about the vulnerability of their food systems include non-COVID-19 causes, such as climate change. CONCLUSIONS Although Tanzania did not impose a total lockdown, the country was affected by COVID-19, partly via policies of other countries. Impacts included: (i) a decline in local markets as smallholder farmers had fewer trading partners from neighboring states; (ii) a loss of employment opportunities due to the absence of both local and external trade; (iii) reductions of farm output and income; (iv) a lack of agricultural inputs (fertilizer etc.) that are usually imported; (v) fear to continue farming activities due to news about COVID-19 spreading; and (vi) reduction of work efficiency because of a lack of social gathering due to voluntary isolation. While COVID-19 compelled policymakers to make urgent decisions to ensure stable food supply chains, the fundamental task is to address these immediate disruptions while also investing in the long-term goal of a resilient, sustainable, and productive global food system. This can be achieved by adopting a policy package that includes investments in technological development, access to small long-term loans, and regulatory reforms, with which governments can create conditions supporting productive, sustainable, and resilient food systems that can withstand future shocks.
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gnd 1206347392 COVID-19
lokal Food systems
lokal Smallholder farmers
lokal Policy responses
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  1. Projekt DEAL |
  2. German Leibniz Research Alliance ‘Crises in a Globalized World’ |
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  2. COVID-I project: the Impacts of COVID-19 on Agricultural Practices and Food Systems in Brazil, Tanzania and Iran
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    1000 Förderprogramm COVID-I project: the Impacts of COVID-19 on Agricultural Practices and Food Systems in Brazil, Tanzania and Iran
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