The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Food Production and Informal Food Markets in Nigeria with Niger Delta Region as Case Study

The covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects in many countries across the World, affecting every aspect of humanity. Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa met the crises in a weak position. Aside from the heath/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across the Niger Delta region. These disruptions are driven primarily by restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus. There are emerging signs of the negative impact of covid-19 on nutrition and food security including local food production and the informal economy’s food marketing system. This report contributes to a better picture of how covid-19 and measures to contain the virus are impacting livelihoods, especially those of the vulnerable, food security and access to markets in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.