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Impact of COVID-19 on daily labourers and rice commercialisation in Ethiopia (1)
August 10, 2020 / APRA blog FAC blog
In the first blog of a three-part series, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research researcher Agajie Tesfaye presents the preliminary findings and statistical analysis of research assessments that were conducted to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the labour supply of
Viral politics and economics in Zimbabwe
July 30, 2020 / FAC blog
This blog was written by Ian Scoones and first appeared on Zimbabweland. COVID-19 has taken hold in Zimbabwe with a significant growth in community transmission observed in the past weeks. On July 24th, the total reported cases were 2296, with
COVID-19 lockdown in Zimbabwe: a disaster for farmers
April 30, 2020 / FAC blog
Written by Ian Scoones Over the last few weeks we have been tracking what’s been happening in our rural study sites in Zimbabwe as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown (see the earlier blog too). Last week, I caught up with a
Living with Coronavirus Uncertainties: Four Lessons from Pastoralists
April 6, 2020 / FAC blog
Written by PASTRES project lead Ian Scoones and core researcher Michele Nori Moments of surprise can expose deep uncertainties and even ignorance. They also uncover issues of contested politics, unequal social relations and the capacities of states and citizens. The
Food in the time of the Coronavirus: Why we should be very, very afraid
April 2, 2020 / APRA blog FAC blog
Written by Ruth Hall and other researchers at PLAAS The social legitimacy of the ‘COVID-19 lockdown’ in South Africa, government’s regulations imposed to contain the spread of the virus, is most likely to run aground unless an urgent plan can
Surviving COVID-19 in a fragile state: why social resilience is essential
April 2, 2020 / FAC blog
The article below appeared on African Arguments’ Debating Ideas blog last Friday. As of 1 April there were 8 cases, and no further deaths. But there is little doubt that the impending situation in Zimbabwe is serious, and the government is unable to respond.