COVID-19 and Food Security in Urban China: Wuhan and Nanjing Compared

Zhenzhong Si, Taiyang Zhong and Jonathan Crush

To contain the spread of COVID-19, governments around the world have adopted various regulatory measures, many of which have drastically and often unintentionally interrupted food supply chains and reshaped the food environment in cities (Aday and Aday 2020, Carducci et al 2021, Crush and Si, 2020, Swinnen and McDermott, 2020). The measures taken by the Chinese government were especially interventionist…

COVID-19 and Grassroots Community Organizing in Wuhan, China

Zhenzhong Si, Danshu Qi, Ning Dai, Taiyang Zhong and Jonathan Crush

As the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak in China, Wuhan implemented some of the most stringent quarantine measures yet seen globally. Between January 23 and April 8, the city of 11 million people was in lockdown and all those who had not already left its confines for the annual Spring Festival (about 9 million people) were quarantined within the city (Ma…

From Wet Markets to Online Purchase: Food Shopping Patterns During COVID-19 in Wuhan and Nanjing, China

Ning Dai and Danshu Qi

Wet markets have been the backbone of urban food provisioning in Chinese cities for several decades now (Si et al 2016, Zhang and Pan 2013, Zhong et al 2018, Zhong et al 2020). The role of wet markets as the primary source of food in cities may be shifting, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic draws food purchase away from wet…

Food Security Challenges in Chinese Cities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Taiyang Zhong, Ning Dai, Zhenzhong Si and Jonathan Crush

Globally, one of the major consequences of public health responses to the spread of COVID-19 is seen as an increase in food insecurity as agriculture and food supply chains are interrupted, food outlets are shuttered, household income to spend on food declines, and people are partially or completely quarantined at home (CFS 2020, Clapp 2020, Crush and Si 2020, WFP…

Mobility Controls and Urban Food Policy Responses to COVID-19 in China

Taiyang Zhong, Zhenzhong Si and Jonathan Crush

At latest count (June 20, 2020), there were over 9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 450,000 deaths. While there has been an explosion of biomedical research on the pandemic, detailed empirical research investigating the impact of COVID-19 on food security is scarcer (Crush and Si 2000). This project is therefore examining the impacts on household food security…

COVID-19 Containment and Food Security in the Global South

Jonathan Crush and Zhenzhong Si

Governments in the Global South have responded to the looming threat of COVID-19 with a range of containment, economic, and public health strategies. The Oxford Coronavirus Government Tracker (OxCGRT) identifies 18 separate government measures, and classifies eight of them as “containment and closure” strategies (Table 1). We have added another eight common measures observed in the South to the OxCGRT…

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