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Food: Covid created a feast for the big guys and famine for the little ones

It left big food producers laughing all the way to the bank, while small farmers, fishers and traders suffered, says study

Senior science reporter

Findings from an in-depth study on how Covid-19 lockdowns affected food systems have been revealed by researchers from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

They found the government response “protected and insulated commercial farming and corporate-owned businesses” at the expense of the informal sector, which plays a big role in food systems.

Small-scale farmers, fishers and traders have suffered huge business losses under Covid-19, depriving poor consumers of a crucial source of cheap, nutritious food, said researchers Ruth Hall and Marc Wegerif, from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas) at UWC...

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