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The COVID-19 Induced Disruptions across Groundnut Value Chain: Empirical Evidence from South India

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad 502324, India
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1707; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041707
Received: 15 January 2021 / Revised: 27 January 2021 / Accepted: 29 January 2021 / Published: 5 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Post-COVID-19 Agriculture and Food Security)
We study the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the groundnut value chain and all the actors involved in its value chain in Ananthapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh, a leading groundnut producing state in south India. The results revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic created a double burden on farmers by disrupting farm production on one side and decreased diet diversity on the other. Disruption in farm productions resulted in a decline in household income and increased consumer food prices. The effect on farmers snowballed to other actors in the value chain, and all the actors were affected variably. Availability of storage infrastructure would have saved the farmer’s household income to some extent during the pandemic. Supply of diverse nutrient foods through the existing public distribution system, which mostly provides wheat and rice, might have helped tackle the diet diversity issue amongst farmers. Farmer’s collectives were perceived to reduce the negative impact during natural disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to organise smallholder farmers, minimise transaction costs and increase their bargaining power. In addition, effective farm extension services, including market information, could have benefited farmers during the crisis. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; groundnut; small and marginal farmers; supply chain; India COVID-19; groundnut; small and marginal farmers; supply chain; India
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Nandi, R.; Nedumaran, S.; Selvaraj, A.; Datta Mazumdar, S.; Kumar, S. The COVID-19 Induced Disruptions across Groundnut Value Chain: Empirical Evidence from South India. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041707

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Nandi R, Nedumaran S, Selvaraj A, Datta Mazumdar S, Kumar S. The COVID-19 Induced Disruptions across Groundnut Value Chain: Empirical Evidence from South India. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041707

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Nandi, Ravi, Swamikannu Nedumaran, Aravazhi Selvaraj, Saikat Datta Mazumdar, and Shalander Kumar. 2021. "The COVID-19 Induced Disruptions across Groundnut Value Chain: Empirical Evidence from South India" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041707

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