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Measures for supporting wholesale food markets during COVID-19











FAO. 2020. Measures for supporting wholesale food markets during COVID-19. Rome.



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    This report explores and analyses the governance framework (i.e. policies, laws, and regulations) relevant to urban food waste (FW) prevention and reduction in the wholesale, retail, hospitality (restaurants, hotels), food services (schools, hospitals), and households in Sri Lanka. The project "Innovative approaches to reduce, recycle and reuse food waste in urban Sri Lanka" was implemented from June 2019 to August 2021 under the oversight of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Sri Lanka generates around 7 000 tonnes of solid waste per day. From the total solid waste generated, approximately 65–66 percent, by weight, is organic waste. The proportion of food waste (FW) generated in a local authority (LA) area ranges from 50–69 percent of the total waste with an average of 56.56 percent. According to this average value, the estimated total FW generated in the country is around 3 955 tonnes per day. The country faces many challenges in tackling the FW issue also due to gaps in governance. Governance analysis allows a comprehensive understanding of state and non-state challenges and solutions towards FW prevention and reduction. Currently, the governance framework for food safety and quality and (bio-)waste management is under the umbrella of the central government, provincial council (PC), and local authorities (LAs). Additionally, several central and provincial government agencies perform tasks related to (bio-)waste management. Under the 13th amendment made to the constitution of 1987, LAs are under the purview of PCs. The PCs are responsible to help and guide the LAs in the execution of waste and sanitation-related activities. The PCs are empowered to make all decisions on capacity building, resource allocation, adoption of provincial-level policies, and establishing appropriate institutional arrangements to handle the delegated tasks of waste management.
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    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and family farming 2020
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    Family farmers, especially those operating at a small-scale level, are particularly exposed to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary movement restrictions hinder their access to markets, and the perishable goods and small animals they mostly produce and keep are the most affected by being cut off from markets and slaughterhouses. Also, their access to markets can be undermined due to changes in consumers’ behaviors, the closure of farmer’s markets, and other commercialization channels such as schools and procurement opportunities. Family farmers lacking storage facilities face serious risks to lose their products. Interventions to face the current emergency have to ensure rural families’ livelihoods and, at the same time, uphold and incentivize the continuity of family farmers’ production while their access to markets is disrupted. Therefore, beyond the provision of urgent measures to preserve family farmers’ health and ensure the safety of their production, it is urgent to adopt mitigation actions that provide social protection where necessary, ensure access to basic goods and farm inputs and keep markets, transport and distribution working safely so that family farmers continue supplying fresh food to their communities and local food systems and play their role in revamping local economy in the recovery phase.
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    Wholesale markets: Action against COVID-19 2020
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    The FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and FLAMA will establish a joint strategy to monitor and advertise the activities of regional wholesale markets and supply centres during this period of crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this newsletter is to periodically share the main prevention strategies adopted by the wholesale markets and report on their activities and operating conditions to guarantee the food supply since they continue to fulfill their strategic and critical role in the food supply of cities. By delivering objective information and electronic links, we hope that this document can contribute to jointly face and overcome the enormous challenges that lie ahead. The information gathered presents the official initiatives developed by wholesale markets, governments, interest organizations and productive and commercial associations in different locations, and must be evaluated together with the competent national authorities.

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