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

Monthly Food Affordability Tracker Issue 3 August 2020

In this report we consider food price trends apparent as the country moved from Level 4 to Level 3 lockdowns.
We also note the release of the NIDS-CRAM data which points to an increase in food affordability constraints and increased hunger.

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Published 2 weeks ago

Bi-Weekly Trade Tracker Issue 4 July 2020

This brief considers the current level of maize exports and the current locust infestation in East Africa.
The latter situation is expected to provide additional export space.

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Published 2 weeks ago

Bi-Weekly Trade Tracker Issue 3 July 2020

This brief considers the initial effects of COVID-19 restrictions on food affordability and expenditure patterns in South Africa.

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Published 1 month ago

Monthly Food Affordability Tracker Issue 2 July 2020

This brief considers food price trends and expenditure patterns of consumers as COVID-19 lockdown eased from Level 4 to Level 3 in May 2020.

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Published 1 month ago