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Nov

Food for Value Chain (FVC) under the pandemic of COVID-19 in Southern Africa.

Jimat is currently conducting the Data Collection Survey on Food Value Chain (FVC) under the pandemic of COVID-19 in Southern Africa for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The survey is being conducted here in Zimbabwe in Muzarabarani, Chipinge, Makoni, Beitbridge and Mutoko. The study is being be carried out in phases which  started in May 2021 and will now run up to December 2021. We are interviewing 200 producers, 35 distributors, 40 input dealers, 5 financial institutions, 35 processors, 35 middlemen, and 110 consumers.

The main purpose of this survey is to assess the impact of COVID 19 on the food value chain (FVC) in Zimbabwe .The survey will focus on seven  (7) crops namey : maize, sorghum, sugar beans, oranges, sesame, tomatoes and onions . The survey will seek to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To grasp the impact of the pandemic of COVID-19 on the value chain of seven target crops, maize, sorghum, sugar beans, tomato, onion, orange and sesame; and
  2. To work out countermeasures against the negative impact of the pandemic of COVID-19 on VC of the target crops, the strategies to build resilient FVCs with/post COVID-19, and JICA‘s intervention to materialize the countermeasures and the strategies.