If ever there was a time we needed to improve the way we cultivate small holder farms it was over the past 10-20 years.
Since that didn’t happen, were going to have to change and learn now, in time of COVID-19.
Rains and locusts disrupted so much production across the country through November to February and COVID-19 is exposing us all further – our systems, leadership, thought, communication and culture.
This public health crisis is merging with the weaknesses in our food supply and distribution chain. And it looks like government solutions will continue to happen by reaction and force rather than with foresight and care.
Along with many of the people and systems in the different sectors of our economy we, who work in the food chain will be stretched and face great risks as we do the best we can to implement new ways of interacting as we keep food growing and moving.
For example, as and when markets are suspended or closed to manage the spread of COVID-19, how will we simultaneously manage the disconnect between farmers whose produce is paralysed and people in other parts of the country who need it?
Broke and hungry farmers + Broke and hungry population = ?
And we have to not only survive the health, food and security crises that are merging but find ways to recreate our communities so we come through this intact, healthier and braver.
We’re planting more now as we look ahead. More for our community of customers and more with our community of neighbours. We have to keep learning and growing as things unfold and keep bringing food from our farm to your table without fail.
As @leahandgibson says, good food is love. And love is one of the ingredients we’ve missed in our leadership over the years and it is an ingredient that we will need to cultivate and harvest through this season. –