Impacts of COVID-19 on small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Mozambican food system

GAIN and partners, including the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network (co-convened by the World Food Programme (WFP)), undertook a survey of food system SMEs in Nigeria in October/November 2020, aiming to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated control measures on their businesses and their support needs.

This survey follows one in May 2020, results of which are available here.

  • 45 responses were received, with most being from micro- or small-sized firms; respondents were primarily processors and within the egg value chain.
  • All 45 firms reported being impacted by the pandemic, mainly via decreased sales (58%), difficulty paying staff (47%), difficulty accessing inputs (44%), and less access to equipment/service (42%).
  • For most firms, impacts had lessened over time; about 22% of firms reported that their business was essentially 'back to normal'.
  • 78% reported changing their production volume as a result of the pandemic (generally decreasing it), and 60% reported changing their product price as a result of the pandemic.