Sub-Saharan Africa’s Agriculture and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Will (re)Shape Food Markets

“The impact of COVID-19, together with other shocks such as locusts, fall armyworm and climate change, suggests the need for policymakers to be agile in their responses to multi-layered crises. The era of heightened uncertainty, volatility and complexity resulting from these multiple crises, with COVID-19 being a key turning point, calls for a fundamental change to the governance and architecture of sub-Saharan Africa’s food systems.”

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Building Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Post-COVID-19 Governance Outlook

“Endemic corruption, weak state-society relations, and the stubborn legacies of the colonial project in the region has left a number of SADC member states with fragile, unaccountable and inefficient governance systems, which proved incapable of responding effectively to COVID-19.”

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Optimising Agricultural Value Chains in Southern Africa After COVID-19

“Although agriculture has been less severely affected by COVID-19 than other sectors, the pandemic has nevertheless exposed challenges in SADC agro value chains and highlighted areas for improvement.”

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COVID-19 and E-Governance: Lessons from South Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored global dependence on the Internet. In the face of travel restrictions and lockdowns, social media has emerged as a crucial factor in the maintenance of personal relationships, working environments and day-to-day activities.”

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Sustainable Resource Mobilisation to Strengthen Global Healthcare Interventions

“Donor assistance and governmental efforts should not be confined to controlling COVID-19 and reinforcing the first line of defence (preparedness), but should equally extend to the second line of defence (strengthening healthcare systems and securing sustainable funding arrangements).”

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Comparative Study of Policy Responses to COVID-19 in LICs in Africa

“Pre-pandemic economic challenges, such as limited fiscal space, high debt levels and inflation, have also contributed to countries’ weak economic responses. External financing has been crucial for LICs’ ability to respond to the pandemic, but, is still inadequate given the huge financial gap that exists.”

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Green Recovery and Green Jobs in Africa: The Case of Ghana

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the government of Ghana to shift from natural resource-based development to socially inclusive and sustainable environmental development.”

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Digital Disruption in Africa – Mapping Innovations for the AfCFTA in Post COVID-19 Times

“The rise in ecommerce particularly with the onset of COVID-19, signals a strong foundation upon which to leverage 4IR to support digitised inter-regional trade, large scale industrialisation, and the creation of a vibrant African economy.”

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Regions Apart: How South Africa and Nigeria responded to COVID-19

“While both countries have taken extensive economic assistance and recovery measures, the economic impact of the pandemic is unlikely to be eradicated as rapidly as a vaccine is expected to eradicate the disease. In both countries, job losses will no doubt increase existing poverty and inequality and will therefore require urgent attention from government.”

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Lives or livelihoods

“Poorer countries face challenges similar to those of advanced economies, but more acutely because of greater inequality, large informal sectors and difficulties with sanitation and social distancing in cramped informal settlements. That goes along with fragile health systems which have, once again, revealed structural weaknesses during the crisis.”

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