Impact of COVID-19 on vegetable supply chain and food security: Empirical evidence from Bangladesh

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Alam, G. M. Monirul and Khatun, Most Nilufa. 2021. "Impact of COVID-19 on vegetable supply chain and food security: Empirical evidence from Bangladesh." PLoS One. 16 (3), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248120
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Impact of COVID-19 on vegetable supply chain and food security: Empirical evidence from Bangladesh

ERA Journal ID39745
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAlam, G. M. Monirul (Author) and Khatun, Most Nilufa (Author)
Journal TitlePLoS One
Journal Citation16 (3), pp. 1-12
Article Numbere0248120
Number of Pages12
Year2021
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1932-6203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248120
Web Address (URL)https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0248120
Abstract

In Bangladesh, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have substantial effects on the livelihood of people, but smallholder vegetables growers will be even more affected because of the perishability nature of the product. The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Bangladesh on 8th March, 2020 and consequently the country went into lockdown on 26 March, 2020. This study has made a survey of vegetables farmers through a mobile phone to understand the impact of COVID-19 on vegetables supply chain, gross margin and the future production plan of the growers. In Bangladesh, the lockdown has disrupted the food supply chain and increases the likelihood of food insecurity. Lockdown has impeded vegetable farmers’ access to markets, thus limiting their productive and sales capacities. The price of yield has dropped by more than half resulting in huge loss for vegetable growers. The loss incurred by the farmers for producing Brinjal, Cucumber, Pointed gourd, Yardlong beans and Bottle gourd are BDT 4900, BDT 10900, BDT 57400, BDT 52500 and BDT 18500 per acre respectively as a result of COVID-19. The decreased income increases farmers’ likelihood of vulnerability and food insecurity and poses a challenge to continued produce. ‘Cash support’ is more important than ‘food support’ in order to keep vegetable farmers in farming, to ensure a ready supply of necessary low-cost resources, and to help fight against the upcoming food shortage.

KeywordsAdult; Agriculture; Bangladesh; Commerce; COVID-19; Farmers; Food Security; Food Supply; Humans; Middle Aged; Vegetables
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380119. Welfare economics
380101. Agricultural economics
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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