The impact of COVID-19 and associated shocks on Agri Food SMEs along the poultry and fish value chains in Ebonyi StateDOWNLOAD FILE
January 13, 2022 - Author: Grace Egbi Onu-Odey, L. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Ben Belton, Oyinkan Chukuka Tasie, Thomas Reardon, and Wellington Osawe
Though Ebonyi State did not implement a full lockdown in response to COVID-19 SMEs in the midstream and lateral supply chain nodes of the study value chains still faced disruptions that affected their activities and the activities of enterprises in related value chain nodes.
The challenges firms faced in Ebonyi State changed from supply chain disruptions (due to lockdown in other states) to financial challenges due to lower demand, increaseddefault in payment (among customers) and the increased sales on credit adopted by SMES in response to early challenges with market access. None of the respondents in the study sample received any assistance from any source, including government.