Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Agroecological producers shortening food chains during Covid-19: opportunities and challenges in Costa Rica.

Authors
  • Little, Mary1
  • Sylvester, Olivia2
  • 1 School for Field Studies, Atenas, Alajuela Costa Rica. , (Costa Rica)
  • 2 Department of Environment and Development, University for Peace, San José, Costa Rica. , (Costa Rica)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Agriculture and human values
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Volume
39
Issue
3
Pages
1133–1140
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10460-022-10298-2
PMID: 35132294
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic has compounded the global food insecurity crisis, disproportionately affecting the consumers, farmers, and food workers (UN in Policy brief: impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition, 2020, https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/sg_policy_brief_on_covid_impact_on_food_security.pdf). The significant disruptions caused by Covid-19 have called international attention to food security and sparked conversations about how to better support food production and trade. Our paper contributes to a small but growing literature on the impacts and responses of agroecological farmers to Covid-19 in Costa Rica. Specifically, we interviewed 30 agroecological farmers about (1) livelihood disruptions during Covid-19, (2) the areas of food production and sales most affected during this pandemic, and (3) how farmers and consumers are adapting during this crisis. Our findings reveal multiple impacts on agroecological farmers including: economic hardships of lower incomes and inability to pay loans, changes in purchasing and consumption patterns, market disruptions, changes in sales, a decrease in agrotourism, and a shortage of farmworkers. Furthermore, we also report the following farmer adaptation strategies: (1) minimizing distance with consumers to facilitate direct delivery, (2) establishing e-commerce platforms. Based on our findings, we recommend the following: (1) building farmer networks for knowledge sharing, (2) increasing technological support for farmers, and (3) providing government support to ensure that such crises do not increase unemployment among farmers and exacerbate food insecurity. © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V. 2022.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times