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Dealing with Covid-19 in rural Africa: lessons from previous crises

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Online Location
https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/200616_rural_africa_covid_2.pdf
Publication date
16/06/2020
Number of Pages
12
Language:
English
Type of Publication:
Studies
Focus Region:
Middle East & North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Nutrition / Food Systems
Author
Steve Wiggins, Roger Calow, Joseph Feyertag, Simon Levine and Alexandra Löwe
Organization
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

SUMMARY

This note summarises insights from a study commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), which examines the lessons that can be drawn from previous crises to inform responses to Covid-19 in rural Africa.

Most of the evidence comes from a review of seven viral health crises: HIV/AIDS; H5N1 (avian influenza); Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS); H1N1 (swine flu); Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Covid-19 in China. Two economic shocks were also considered: the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2007/2008 food price spike.

It addresses two main questions:

  1. What might the consequences be of disease, and responses to it, on agriculture, rural livelihoods, food systems and food security?
  2. What lessons on dealing with those consequences can be drawn from previous crises?