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11 May 2021
Food, Health, Relief
Caption: Rhoda Gyang of Nigeria harvests carrots from her farm in 2019, before the COVID-19 crisis. MCC photo/Kitshiwe William
More information: Among those who are suffering the economic impact of COVID-19 are rural, smallholder farmers in Nigeria, such as Rhoda Gyang, a mother of five from the village of Lobiring. She could not plant or sell her produce due to austere pandemic lockdowns in 2020.
Gyang said, “The lockdown affected the timing for planting of my crops, especially carrots, which I used to plant around May and harvest in July before the soil absorbs much rainwater, which usually affects the yield.” Gyang depends on the proceeds from dry season farming to sustain her family during the rainy season.
Without profit from that crop, Gyang struggled to afford seed for the next planting season or to feed her family. MCC’s partner Urban Ministries has been helping her, but the impact of COVID-19 will continue to negatively impact farming in 2021.