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7 April 2021
PLAAS WEBINAR: #COVID19 Implications on Rural Production, Food Systems, and Livelihoods in Southern Africa

COVID-19 Implications on Rural Production, Food Systems, and Livelihoods in Southern Africa: Lessons from Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Thursday, 8 April 2021 from 13:00–14:00 (CAT)

PLAAS invites you to a webinar titled “Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis for Rural Production, Food Systems, and Livelihoods in Southern Africa: Lessons from Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe”.

The webinar will feature: 

The webinar will be chaired by Dr Rama Salla Dieng, University of Edinburg.

Covid-19 is likely to cause significant disruptive effects on production and food systems in rural communities across Africa. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that Africa could face a “crisis within a crisis”, in which the health crisis will be exacerbated by a hunger crisis. This would create a vicious feedback loop which could leave rural poor people weaker and more susceptible to the virus.

While it will take time to understand the full scope of Covid-19’s impact on food systems and livelihoods, there is an urgent need for deeper and meaningful understanding of the protracted implications of Covid-19 for African food systems and agriculture.

This webinar presents real-time insights into how the crisis is unfolding in different parts of the Southern Africa region and how the rural population is responding in different contexts.

The webinar will address these important questions:
  • How small-scale farmers were affected by the pandemic in terms of production and marketing; and what are their responses and the way they see the future?
  • What are the social impacts of covid-19 and implications for household food security?
  • How are the states’ response to Covid-19 in Southern Africa reconfiguring the agrarian transformation in the region?
Tune in on Thursday, 8 April 2021 from:
12:00 West Africa Time (WAT)
13:00 Central Africa Time (CAT)
14:00 East Africa Time (EAT)
 

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