Covid-19 Food/Future

Tracking the pandemic's impacts on African food systems

Implemented in collaboration with the Youth in Soil network under the auspices of TMG's SEWOH Lab research programme, which analyses the role of digitalisation in creating socially inclusive and transformative food systems. Starting in April 2020, writers based in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, and South Africa, published blog posts exploring how food system actors were navigating the pandemic's day-to-day impacts on their livelihoods. Together with the related "Video Diaries from Nairobi" project, the overall objective of the initiative was to capture real-time perspectives and “voices from the ground,” including those of women and young farmers, informal retailers, and food-insecure households.
In addition to publishing more than 157 articles in our Enabling Sustainability platform, the Youth in Soil network built up a strong social media presence with thousands of followers. Beyond its substantive reporting activities, the initiative enabled the TMG to broaden its network of collaborators across Africa, and provided valuable insights for the further development of the SEWOH Lab’s research programmes.

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Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better
Publication

Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Analysing impacts of COVID-19 on the nexus of food systems, the environment and sustainable development
Building Our Food Systems Back Better
Blog Post

Building Our Food Systems Back Better

What is required to make food systems provide sufficient, healthy food while not harming the planet? How should food security be maintained given the threat posed by climate change?

Publications

Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Article

Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Anil Markandya, Jacob Salcone, Salman Hussain, Alexander Mueller and Simi Thambi

Analysing impacts of COVID-19 on the nexus of food systems, the environment and sustainable development

Covid-19, the Environment, and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Report

Covid-19, the Environment, and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Alexander Müller, Professor Anil Markandya, Jacob Salcone & Dr. Simi Thambi

Covid-19 Green Recovery Working Paper Series

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