COVID-19 impacts on food systems in fisheries-dependent island communities

Sutcliffe, Sarah, Lau, Jacqueline D., Barnes, MicheleL., Mbaru, Emmanuel, Wade, Eric, Hungito, Wilda, Muly, Innocent Mulwodo, Wanyonyi, Stephen, Muthiga, Nyawira A., Cohen, Philippa J., and Cinner, Joshua (2023) COVID-19 impacts on food systems in fisheries-dependent island communities. Ecology and Society, 28 (1). 1.

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Policies designed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted food systems worldwide. How impacts played out in local food systems, and how these affected the lived experiences of different people is only just coming to light. We conducted a structured analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 containment policies on the food systems of small-scale fishing communities in Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and Saint Lucia, based on interviews with men and women fishers, fish traders, and community leaders. Participants reported that containment policies lead indirectly to reduced volumes of food, lower dietary diversity, increased consumption of traditional foods, and reduced access to fish for food and income. Although the initiating policy and food and nutrition security outcomes often appeared similar, we found that the underlying pathways and feedbacks causing these impacts were different based on local context. Incorporating knowledge of how context-specific factors shape food system outcomes may be key to tailoring strategies to mitigate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and designing timely, strategic interventions for future systemic shocks.

Item ID: 78564
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
Keywords: COVID-19 policy impacts, food access, food and nutrition security, food environments, small-scale fisheries, supply chains
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2023 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance. Ecology and Society is now licensing all its articles under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You may copy and redistribute the articles and adapt the work provided the original author and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 00:19
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 35%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3006 Food sciences > 300699 Food sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440699 Human geography not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280101 Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences @ 50%
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1003 Fisheries - wild caught > 100399 Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified @ 25%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 25%
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