Acta Scientific Agriculture (ASAG)(ISSN: 2581-365X)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 7

Food Supply Chain Disruptions and Resilience Under the Stress of COVID-19: Evidence from Nepal

Saugat Khanal1*, Padam Bahadur Poudel2, Jeevan Lamichhane3 and Alagathurai Ajanthan4

1Faculty of Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal
2Paklihawa Campus, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Paklihawa, Rupandehi, Nepal
3Regional Agricultural Research Station, NARC, Khajura, Banke, Nepal
4Lecturer, Department of Accounting, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

*Corresponding Author: Saugat Khanal, Faculty of Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.

Received: June 20, 2020; Published: June 30, 2020

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Abstract

The food supply chain is a complex web with a number of stakeholders. Though the stocks of cereal at present are at satisfactory level, its stock in future is going to be depleted resulting from the disruptions in the food supply chain. Supply of agric-inputs has been severely affected. Developing countries and low income countries are most vulnerable to the impact of disruptions in the supply chain. Secondary sources of information are used for studying the food supply disruptions and resilience. Supply chain resilience has drained the curiosity of local to multinational companies and policymakers in remodeling the chain. As per the alarming projections to leave the long-term negative consequences, the importance of food availability has further risen. Consumer’s anticipation of future food crises has created panic and chaos in the food market; affecting the demand-supply chain. Transportation and public restrictions including transnational boundaries lockdown have created inconvenience to producers and distributors. With numerous noted obstacles from farm to firm, unemployment and poverty among low and middle class have been particularly hard hit. In this regard there is a need for behavioral change of the consumer, diversification of the supply chain and consumption of the local food.

Keywords: COVID-19; Food-System; Resilience; Supply Chain Disruptions

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Citation

Citation: Saugat Khanal., et al. “Food Supply Chain Disruptions and Resilience Under the Stress of COVID-19: Evidence from Nepal". Acta Scientific Agriculture 4.7 (2020): 158-166.




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