Assessing the impact of Covid-19 lockdown on food security in Ghana: the case of Accra and Kumasi.

Authors: Marcellinus Essah*, University of Toronto
Topics: Africa, Agricultural Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: food security; Kumasi; Accra; Covid-19 pandemic; partial lockdown
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 48
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Food security remains one of the topical issues in the World. The Covid-19 pandemic has generated a new sense of awareness on food security, particularly, regarding the effectiveness of current food policies. This paper explores the food security experiences of people in Ghana during the Covid-19 partial lockdown. It argues that the sudden partial lockdown in Kumasi and Accra created food insecurity among most residents in these cities. Based on semi-structured interviews with residents of Kumasi and Accra, it was found that the partial lockdown had an impact on (1) food stability (2) food affordability (3) food availability (4) food access, and (5) food preferences and shopping behavior. Overall, the paper finds that most of the conditions experienced during the lockdown have not changed. The paper suggests that the government of Ghana must pay attention to urban food security in Ghana by encouraging urban dwellers to take up community gardens or backyard gardens.

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