IMPACTS OF COVID-19 IN HORTICULTURE VALUE CHAIN AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY IN RWANDA
By : EPRN experts and Oxfam in Rwanda Team.
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
Due to the limited shelf life of fresh produce in the horticulture sector, supply and demand chains are less adaptable to current disruptions caused by required preventive measures against COVID-19 pandemic. These disruptions have had negative effects in the livelihoods of many smallholder farmers in Rwanda and around the world.
Oxfam in Rwanda commissioned a rapid assessment on Impacts assessment of COVID-19 in the Horticulture value chains and business continuity in eight districts of Rwanda (Nyagatare, Kirehe, Musanze, Gakenke, Rulindo, Kamonyi, Muhanga, and Nyamagabe) between June and July 2020, with funding from Irish Aid and the European Union. Despite the difficulty of data collection due to movement restrictions and requirements for social distancing, the findings of the assessment provided acceptable evidence on the challenges faced by horticulture value chain actors and a basis for recommendations of where support is needed in the most immediate period.
Based on the findings of the rapid assessment, a policy dialogue was organised in October 2020 by Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda, with the aim of gathering additional inputs and recommendations of how to support the recovery of the horticulture sub-sector. The dialogue concluded with an agreement to produce a policy brief to provide policy makers and the general audience with information at hand to support government’s policy formulation and present plausible course of action for a swift recovery of the horticulture sub-sector.
This policy brief was developed by a task force composed of EPRN experts and Oxfam in Rwanda Team.