AUGUST 6, 2020
Improving the Functioning of Regional Food Supply Chains and Trade amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in East and Southern Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant containment measures which continue to disrupt food supply chains and trade activities have demonstrated the need to expedite the implementation of inclusive trade facilitation policies in order to improve and sustain the functioning of regional food supply chains. The important role of informal and small-scale traders to the functioning of regional food supply chains has also demonstrated the need for trade facilitation policy actions that allow for increased participation of these small-scale traders. Several lessons on how to achieve inclusive trade facilitation have been noted in this brief and can be adopted by governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.