COVID-19 impacts on Flemish food supply chains and lessons for agri-food system resilience

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Context: Resilience represents the ability of systems to anticipate, withstand, or adapt to challenges. Times of
great stress and disturbance offer opportunity to identify and confirm key contributors to agri-food system
resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic and its related consequences constituted major shock, challenging the
resilience of many agri-food systems worldwide.
Objective: This paper aimed to report the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis on various key actors from
Flemish food supply chains. By analysing and assessing the observed impacts of and reactions to this crisis
from a resilience perspective, it also aimed to gain empirical evidence on resilience-enhancing characteristics
of agri-food systems to sudden shocks.
Methods: A first, quantitative step of our mixed method approach measured 718 farmers’ experienced impacts
and applied strategies following the crisis through an online survey. A second, qualitative step captured impacts
and responses from other key actors downstream the food supply chain through 22 in-depth interviews and 18
on-line questionnaires. Data gathering and interpretation followed a conceptual framework for analysing resilience
of agri-food systems to external challenges, that we developed based on the literature. The framework
states that resilience actions stem from three types of resilience capacities: anticipatory, coping and responsive
Artikel nummer103136
TijdschriftAgricultural Systems
Aantal pagina's15
StatusGepubliceerd - mei-2021


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