• Agriculture

    OBG investigates the key pressures and developments affecting local agriculture, particularly where a country is dependent on plantations or forestry to maintain GNP. It also highlights the output trends and technological advances in areas such as irrigation techniques and land reclamation.
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Côte d’Ivoire is an economic powerhouse in West Africa, posting average growth of 8% between 2011 and 2018. However, the rate of GDP growth in real terms fell to 6.7% in 2019 and is expected to contract to 2.7% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread shutdowns. Looking to the future, the IMF expects growth to rebound to 8.7% in 2021, highlighting the country’s economic resilience. 

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disrupting agricultural links to consumers, the Philippine government has sought to bolster food security by providing farmers with financial support and forming new localised supply chains. While these reforms have helped, a number of technological solutions also have the potential to strengthen the industry through greater access to finance.

Partly as a result of coordinated government efforts since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, food supply chains in Peru have remained relatively resilient to logistical challenges and national lockdowns.

With the coronavirus pandemic placing pressure on international trade and global supply chains, Kuwait has moved to strengthen its food security through increased international cooperation and investment in agriculture technology (agri-tech).

Kenya’s farmers are currently facing two distinct crises: coronavirus and a locust invasion. However, the ongoing uptake of digital solutions is helping to strengthen resilience in the agriculture sector and ensure that fresh produce can still reach consumers.

As global supply chains become increasingly fragmented amid the spread of Covid-19, the discourse around food security in Trinidad and Tobago is being reinvigorated.

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