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How Coronavirus May Affect Grocery Shopping Habits

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This failed by cost yeah six months ago we did plowing microscopical jets a lovely lovely us well and that was always a good sign of a healthy soil who got it from a guy using Watson that tending to the soil on is one hundred and forty acres of land here in the U. K. it's all happening down at his farm we grow various vegetables just about stock picking strawberries would grow globalists checks with a couple's prime Brooks laid out so squash and pumpkins since garden pays that sort of thing so you must be really busy right about now because everything's coming into season yeah we've just gone states that the pumpkins and it's now turned extremely cold and very strong easterly wind them work trying to nurse them along and keep them alive until it gets warmer again at the end of the week yeah we it's coming into a pretty busy time for the start thinking strawberries next week guy founded river Ford farms a company that delivers boxes of organic vegetables to consumers across the U. K. ever since the coronavirus lockdown business has been booming so how does god explain the surge in demand for his produce there is some reevaluation of people's lives people spend more time cooking crops thinking a little bit more about what they took and and being more concerned about the quality and provenance and environmental and social impact of what that Boeing you know we are certainly getting a lot more customers which is all good in the Bahamas that grow and supply said delighted that will increase that crop and programs by twenty five percent this year and at the moment that doesn't look like it'll be enough but I guess we have we have to be cautious I mean at the end of this will people get back to their normal habits soul well you know what I have to stop this new habits guys sing Watson as he says he thinks the lockdown is changing people's habits when it comes to food and the question is whether these habits will stick but in the meantime the corona virus pandemic is also changing global food supply chains that means the range of products consumers in the rich will see on the supermarket shelves is changing too Richard Wilding is a British academic and business professional specializing in logistics transport and supply management he says big buyers in the food industry in the developed world I'm now looking closely at the resilience of their supply chains and finding different ways to source that produce amid the lockdowns and he warns these new routes could become the new normal so we have to remember at the moment since the lockdown actually occurred and particularly the impacts on air freight if you think that most of the time it's passengers in the top of the aircraft and then yes this thing the banks but also there is a significant amount of air freight and if we're looking at food for example you've got Chilean blueberries Argentinian blackberries Zambian sugar snap peas now what we've actually found is the air freight costs have increased dramatically because of me just people not flying and therefore vote starting to trade some significant challenges in terms of the cost the cost to serve particular customers so what we're finding is he's a number of things coming together I'm thankful the new normal which we can start to see will probably be much more focused on what we call me shoring fast trying to source goods much closer to the actual customers if you go to new school from the consumer's point of view that means less choice if those blackberries coming from Argentina on no longer being brought over then that means also that there's going to be less choice in the supermarket yes but in terms of choice we're already seeing that actually so just on say some of the products if you looking up pasta for example generally you know a lot of the supermarkets will have a offering twenty different sort of lines of pasta different shapes and so on and so forth the pastor that has already been rationalized down to six so if we go into a supermarket now compared with China wary this year you have less choice threes within the supply chain by doing actions like that it means you've been able to increase the volumes of simplifying if you want the movements of those goods to the customers is this happening globally yet what we have to realize he's he's that the global rationalization of if you like choice consumers because of the challenge of managing supply chains because of the increased cost to serve we may start to see the organizations are going to offer less choice across the supply chain as a whole and I'm an implicit in this or this is basically last trade internationally well with this drawing for me is shoring what we can find is that global supply chains will rationalize we still going to have global supply chains but what we might find these a more vanilla products she's actually being moved around and then actually we got to find more local processing interestingly enough for example if you look at the Scottish form processing industry is done in Thailand so what we find is that these things of fish thank you for example around Scotland they then moved to Thailand where they're actually you know be shelved and everything else and then moved back again and so you know those are the types of examples that we've seen in the past what people are trying to do is to actually leverage if you like low labor cost however with the technology that was starting to see that labor costs becomes less of a challenge and therefore what we were able to do is to do these things locally after the quisling cost because we're not using people we're actually using machines the loss of our listeners on the world service are in emerging markets emerging markets that depend on being able to export food products to the developed world listening to you here this will be a huge blow to them because your affected be telling them that may never be able that kind of normal resumption of food exports that we had before unfortunately I think there is going to be some significant changes in this new normal if we looking up all supply chain environments coronaviruses created a burning platform for change across all supply chains not just food supply chains and what is going to have a big impact so many communities around the world including western communities as well bots my concern is that this may fall harder on those developing nations and is there anything that that should be done to help those communities that are going to be really hit hard by this the key things that we need to actually think through its procurement professionals that means that the big supermarkets the people you know who who have procuring goods around the world they don't just think about calls the economic impact of their decisions they don't just think about sustainability in the environmental impacts of their decisions but they also think about the society and I think what we have to do is we have to consider that yes it may actually cost a slightly more to point from in certain communities globally but actually we need to do that to support those communities professor Richard Wilding then perhaps more a case of conscientious trait than rather than fat trade but how these developments going down in places which have traditionally grown produce to exports to the developed world up to what how Barry is a country program manager in the west and central Africa division at the international fund for agricultural development the U. N. agency he's based in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast which is just coming out of lockdown this is the mango season in record you our exports have dropped significantly because the markets are closed in Europe on and of the importers in Europe not honor the contract and they said as it reported effect on the exporters in the developing countries especially in West Africa could you for so what is happening to these mangoes are they just sitting in a warehouse rushing then some of them are able to go through the system and get the product to Abigail which is the port but the ships and the also with plain as not moving so those people are also stocked with the products three to two thousand dollars a year this is what could you what export to the international market right away if you cannot sell that means that you stayed here Mr Austin come but lost income for the exporter but lost income also for the farmer a west tech with a very big drop from a from the tree to the Saudi oil you grow your own defined flags every away flights because of the quantity of Brighton main goals this season not thank god for which is the season right now and I'm I'm telling you it's not beautiful and these exporters in these farmers are they mostly small holders or all the big Mona cultural farms owned by companies who is this affecting the most in Ivory Coast but also just generally in West Africa for other food products I didn't I think the hardest hits is a greedy a farmer because the farmer eats in general poor and cannot meet the DVD needs and help you concerned all farmers exporters in Ivory Coast another west African countries that some changes we're seeing now the inability to export that these things might become permanent this is not just a temporary blip but actually something that might change the way he a lot of western bias source food yeah I I think I tend to be optimistic I think that this would change in the next few months I hope I hope that recorded nineteen he's not going to be a stumbling block for countries like could you what to Exploratorium it is is it compounding food security in hunger problems in countries like Ivory Coast now swear in West Africa prices have started rising in Abidjan because people could not export to Abidjan so in the cities is becoming a little bit difficult food you mean yeah getting access to Ford it's difficult especially for poor people spend a big chunk of very incompetent for not for not quite confusing in the sense that this is all this produce it's not being exported why isn't it being consumed within the country what you have sold prints there are products of late cool cool cashew which are not made for consumption in could you offer a service so what do you do it and when you cannot consume yeah let's also remember the agriculture season starting now for those we didn't have the means to buy imports it means that they cannot produce the food for the next three to six months only seven players you mean the seeds seeds fertilizers pesticides they don't have them still well what what do you do what's your biggest worry for farmers in Ivory Coast and the rest of it West Africa for the next three

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