Strengthening Farmers Resilience and Rural Food System in Response to the Pandemic

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The economic slowdown due to Covid-19 hits hard in many countries. In Indonesia, the economic growth rate for the first quarter of 2020 is only 2.97% – below the central bank estimation. The government promises to provide social safety nets, especially to the needed households. Yet the news often mentioned that these social aids had not reached its targets even in the city’s neighborhood. The situation is more uncertain for the rural area. Limited information is available about the pandemic situation in Indonesian rural life.

The general assumption prevails that rural life dynamic is different from the urban that results in a lower infection rate. Naturally, the government focuses on the pandemic response in cities. However, in reality, the taken measures also affect rural livelihood, especially farmers who have a very vital role in addressing the challenge that we face now: preventing food crisis.

 

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