Browsing: Farming in the times of COVID-19

Millions of smallholder farmers across Africa are facing economic devastation as COVID-19 pandemic disrupts exports and global food supply chains, a report has noted.

A report, dubbed ‘Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Africa’s Agriculture’ noted that millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are canceled and borders restricted around the world.

This comes after another statement was released by the Kenya Flower council citing the crippling of the horticultural sector by the COVID-19 pandemic. The flower exporters said that lack of freight is now the major hindrance to Kenya’s cut flower export.

The recently released report by Selina Wamucii notes that Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa are the most affected countries in Africa.

Global disruption of supply chains is also affecting the import of agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides.

According to John Oroko, CEO of …