The New Face of Hunger: Building a Resilient Food System in an Age of Pandemic

The lockdown introduced from mid-March onwards to contain the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of food systems in all the South Asian countries including Sri Lanka and Nepal. Using rice and vegetable value chains, this study seeks to understand the ways to promote food security and household income and to build a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive food system in Sri Lanka and Nepal in order to attain speedy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic shock. The main objectives of this research study are (i) to understand the status quo of the rice and vegetable value chains; (ii) to evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 on the rice and vegetable value chain stakeholders including vulnerable marginalized sections of the society; and (iii) to identify the measures that would support the recovery from the COVID-19, and build up the overall resilience of food systems to face future shocks in the two countries.

Research team

Manoj Thibbotuwawa
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Athula Senarathne
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Dilani Hirimuthugodage
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Nimesha Dissanayake
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Ruwan Samaraweera
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