Promoting agri-food systems resilience through ICT in developing countries amid COVID-19

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Alam, GM Moniru, Khatun, Most Nilufa, Sarker, Md Nazirul Islam, Joshi, Niraj Prakash and Bhandari, Humnath. 2023. "Promoting agri-food systems resilience through ICT in developing countries amid COVID-19." Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.972667
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Promoting agri-food systems resilience through ICT in developing countries amid COVID-19

ERA Journal ID212573
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAlam, GM Moniru, Khatun, Most Nilufa, Sarker, Md Nazirul Islam, Joshi, Niraj Prakash and Bhandari, Humnath
Journal TitleFrontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Journal Citation6
Article Number972667
Number of Pages14
Year2023
PublisherFrontiers Research Foundation
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2571-581X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.972667
Web Address (URL)https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsufs.2022.972667/full
AbstractAn increasing body of literature has demonstrated COVID-19's harmful impact on agri-food systems, which are a major source of livelihood for millions of people worldwide. Information and communication technology (ICT) has been playing an increasing role in enhancing agri-food systems' resilience amid COVID-19. In this study, the PRISMA approach was employed to perform a systematic review of the literature from January 2020 to December 2021 on the overall impact of COVID-19 on agri-food system networks and ICT's role in enhancing agri-food system resilience in developing countries. This study reveals that COVID-19 has posed abundant obstacles to agri-food systems actors, including a lack of inputs, technical support, challenges to selling the product, transportation barriers, and low pricing. These impediments result in insufficient output, unforeseen stock, and revenue loss. COVID-19's restrictions have caused a significant food deficit by disrupting the demand and supply sides of the agri-food system networks. A high number of small-scale farmers have had to deal with food insecurity. As a result of the cumulative effects, actors in the agri-food system are getting less motivated to continue producing. This study also argues that many challenges in the agri-food systems can be overcome using ICTs, including maintaining precise farm management, product marketing, and access to production inputs. To assist stakeholders in coping with, adapting to, and building resilience in the agri-food system networks, this article emphasizes the critical need to turn to and expand the application of advanced agricultural ICTs to meet the world's growing needs for food production and to ensure the resilience and sustainability of farming systems, particularly in the face of a pandemic like COVID-19. Copyright © 2023 Alam, Khatun, Sarker, Joshi and Bhandari.
Keywordsfood supply chain; food system; vulnerability; resilience; value chain disruption
ANZSRC Field of Research 20203006. Food sciences
Byline AffiliationsBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
School of Commerce
University of Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Hiroshima University, Japan
International Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh
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