COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Food System Impact

The outbreak of COVID-19 and measures announced to contain its spread has impacted all of us in almost every way imaginable. The outbreak is considered a “black swan” phenomenon: entirely unexpected, and completely unpredictable.
There is increasing concern whether there will be sufficient food supplies at affordable prices for Southern Africa during and following the containment period. In this regard, BFAP will provide continuous updates of the direct and indirect impacts on South Africa’s food system.

Latest publications

The use of agricultural inputs in South Africa

This 6th COVID-19 brief takes a closer look at agricultural input supply. Food security remains paramount and, while South Africa is a net exporter of agricultural products, it imports a substantial share of the inputs required to produce this surplus.

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Published 1 month ago

Food price outlook for Quarter 2 2020 and beyond

This 5th Covid-19 brief draws on current and historical insights to provide a clearer picture of the expected trend in food price inflation. This is combined with an exploration of the cost of healthy eating relative to selected income sources, as well as an analysis of price dynamics for critical food products.

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Published 1 month ago

Potential implications of global trade policies for South Africa’s rice supply

This 4th Covid-19 brief evaluates the possible impact of dynamic global trade policy on South Africa’s rice supply chain, both in terms of availability and affordability.

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Published 2 months ago

Food security requires clarity on essential goods and services in agriculture

This brief sheds light on the complex nature of the food supply chain and the extent of the essential goods and services required for its effective operation.

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Published 2 months ago