Essential non-essentials” Five policy myths about African food value chains, with implications during COVID-19 and beyond

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February 22, 2021 - Author: Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie, Tom Reardon,

Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie, Tom Reardon, Ben Belton, 2021. Essential non-essentials” Five policy myths about African food value chains,  with implications during COVID-19 and beyond. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 125. East Lansing: Michigan State University

 

Key Findings

  • Domestic supply chains are central to national food security in Nigeria and Africa.
  • Rural households also depend on food supply chains.
  • Letting food move, and helping traders and truckers keep moving and selling at all times is essential!
  • Limited understanding or recognition of the critical role of food supply chains can undermine food security policies in normal times with even worse effects when hit by shocks such as COVID-19.

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