Agro-dealer and farmer COVID-19 survey: April – June 2020

Policy brief COVID-19

  • The researchers interviewed 973 crop farmers, 99 dairy farmers, and 483 agro-dealers to help assess the impacts of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and other actors across the agricultural value chain.
  • The researchers make several findings, including that a majority of farmers report financial distress and agro-dealers were seeing lower footfall traffic.
  • However, despite this, crop farmers seemed optimistic about their forthcoming harvests.
  • Based on the findings, the researchers make several recommendations for policymakers on how to better support the agricultural sector and provide regularly and timely data to farmers in the future.