Coronavirus Pandemic is not only dangerous to humans but also damaging to world economies. The African economy is facing its consequences as well, African countries rely on their agricultural exports to have a viable economy, but Coronavirus Pandemic threatens nations, forced countries to closed their borders as well as businesses and markets within countries which in turn affects Africa’s agriculture business. 31 countries in Africa have implemented full border closures, whereas most of the other countries have only allowed access to basic goods.
Demand for African agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, meat and, seafood has declined, and exports are facing a decrease. The European market is showing a great decline in its demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Morocco is likely to face the highest export decline because it relies heavily on the European market.South Africa is among those 31 countries that placed border closures. Luckily, South Africa’s agricultural production has not significantly impacted by COVID-19 however, due to closed flight operations, logistical problems and, border restrictions, agricultural exports are likely to be affected. The volumes of exports will decline particularly for seafood and fresh fruits.
Algeria is also facing problems for its agricultural goods, which are exported such as, coffee, dairy items, fruit, and vegetables. Kenyans are facing a shortage of corn and, eggs and product prices have risen as Uganda’s shipments to Kenya are now unable to move through because of lockdowns.
Many African countries will experience the decline in exports of their main agricultural products such as fruit, vegetables, and seafood items due to COVID -19 and, the countries that most likely encounter the decrease are Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Uganda, Mauritania, Tanzania, and Egypt.
As a result of COVID-19, regulations and restrictions are imposed throughout Africa which has had an impact on the price of various products to increase, even within countries and with borders closed, food shortages are imminent and economies are at risk.