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Covid-19 Food Crisis

ActionAid’s monitoring research.

Women farmers are in urgent need of seed capital and interest-free financing to invest in farming activities.

ActionAid’s Covid-19 Food Crisis Monitoring research explores how measures to control the pandemic are affecting the lives of women smallholder farmers across 14 countries in Asia and Africa. Early findings set out in this summary briefing show how market closures, travel restrictions and soaring food prices are negatively affecting rural communities and jeopardising the next planting season.

The research was conducted in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in September 2020 and is based on a study of 190 individuals, including 79 smallholder farmers, the majority women, and 71 rural women leaders.