WANDILE SIHLOBO: Breaking new ground in global agriculture post-Covid
The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored European and US dependence on imported agricultural labour. If this hastens a move to automation, developing states can’t afford to be caught flat-footed
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, governments have intensified efforts to contain the pandemic by limiting the movement of people and temporarily shutting down parts of the economy. Though the full extent of the economic fallout remains unknown, the effects of the pandemic will probably be felt for years.
Within this malaise, the agricultural sector and food manufacturing value chain seem likely to be among those least affected, due to supportive consumer demand. But this doesn’t mean there won’t be long-lasting structural changes in the sector.