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Revista de Nutrição

Print version ISSN 1415-5273On-line version ISSN 1678-9865

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CAVALLI, Suzi Barletto; SOARES, Panmela; MARTINELLI, Suellen Secchi  and  SCHNEIDER, Sergio. Family farming in times of Covid-19. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.33, e200180.  Epub Oct 16, 2020. ISSN 1678-9865.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1678-9865202033e200180.

Family farming plays a vital role in the global food supply. The mobility restriction measures adopted internationally to contain Covid-19 are necessary to control the pandemic progress. However, they can impair food production and distribution. This paper aims to discuss the effects of the Covid-19 containment measures on the production and distribution of family farming food, and strategies to strengthen this sector. Sanitary and social distancing requirements, the interruption of supply to institutional markets, the closure of local farmers’ markets, or people’s declining food demand are hampering family farming food production’s flow and shrinking family farmers’ income. This situation can jeopardize the food sovereignty and nutritional security of the population in the medium and long term. Access to Personal Protective Equipment, the reorganization of local farmers’ markets, investment in new technologies for direct commercialization, guarantee of minimum income, and the strengthening/expansion of institutional food purchases are some of the strategies that can contribute to overcome the new challenges imposed on family farming as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We conclude the article by arguing that the support to and enhancement of the family farming sector are strategic to ensure food supply and to strengthen food and nutrition sovereignty and security.

Keywords : Coronavirus infections; Farmers; Food supply; Sustainable farming.

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