IB 2020/17 Sustaining Fresh Food Supply in Lae during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

in brief

Author/s (editor/s):

Aaron Inamara

Publication year:

2020

Publication type:

In Brief

Imposing a hiatus on normal business is a double-edged sword. It both allows for combating the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but it also cuts food supplies and threatens the livelihoods it is meant to protect. Serious shortages of fresh food in Lae were experienced during a nationwide state of emergency lockdown in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 23 March to 6 April 2020. This In Brief describes the impacts of the lockdown on fresh food supply in Lae city and what has been done since it was lifted.

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