IDS Policy Briefing 201

Supporting Small Food Businesses to Build Resilience During Crises

Published on 1 August 2022

Small food businesses are vital to delivering affordable, nutritious food to low-income communities.

Yet food systems are under threat from multiple stressors. During the Covid-19 pandemic, government support was directed at maintaining business activity, so understanding how this affected small food businesses offers insights for future policy design. Most policies aligned primarily with the short-term financial needs of larger businesses, leaving a gap for timely support for small enterprises. The recurrent nature of shocks means that such businesses also require longer-term agility to respond to shocks. Interventions to build this capacity can be integrated into nutrition programming.

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Quak, E-j. and Thorpe, J. (2022) 'Supporting Small Food Businesses to Build Resilience During Crises', IDS Policy Briefing 201, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2022.049

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Evert-jan Quak

Research Officer

Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow

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