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publié dans Ressources le 28 janvier 2021

Improved storage mitigates vulnerability to food-supply shocks in smallholder agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global Food Security

CovidSécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelleStocks - Réserves alimentairesArticle scientifique

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Millions of smallholder farmers in low-income countries are highly vulnerable to food-supply shocks, and reducing this vulnerability remains challenging in view of climatic changes. Restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic produced a severe supply-side shock in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, including through frictions in agricultural markets. The authors use a large-scale field experiment to examine the effects of improved on-farm storage on household food security during COVID-19 restrictions.  In treatment households, equipped with an improved on-farm storage technology and training in its use, food insecurity was lower during COVID-19 restrictions. This underscores the benefits of improved on-farm storage for mitigating vulnerability to food-supply shocks.

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