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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2020, Vol. 19 Issue (12): 2854-2865    DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(20)63366-4
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Vegetable production under COVID-19 pandemic in China: An analysis based on the data of 526 households
ZHOU Jie-hong1, HAN Fei1, LI Kai2, WANG Yu1 
1 China Academy for Rural Development, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, P.R.China
2 Research Center for Food Safety and Green Agricultural Development, Qufu Normal University, Rizhao 276826, P.R.China
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The COVID-19 pandemic had an enormous impact on the vegetable supply chain in China.  Effective evaluation of the pandemic’s influences on vegetable production is vital for policy settings to enhance the security of vegetable supply.  Based on first-hand data from 526 households, we explored regional differences in different types of loss and potential factors affecting the severity farmer households suffered during the pandemic.  The results underline that sales contraction and price volatility in the context of interruption of supply chain dominate the total losses during the pandemic.  Such losses differ across provinces and are more substantial in provinces with stricter confinement measures.  Farmer households’ participation in local market and modern marketing methods helps mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 shock, while labor hiring and facilities adoption in production widen the losses due to the shortage in the workforce.  In the future, the vegetable industry practitioners and relevant government departments should work together to coordinate the development of short and long supply chains and strengthen the stability and security of the vegetable supply chain.
Keywords:  COVID-19        vegetable supply chain        farmer household fragility        ordered probit model  
Received: 01 June 2020   Accepted:
Fund: This paper was supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China (19ZDA106), the National Science Foundation of China (71773109), and the European Commission Project 777742 (EC H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017).
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ZHOU Jie-hong, HAN Fei, LI Kai, WANG Yu. 2020. Vegetable production under COVID-19 pandemic in China: An analysis based on the data of 526 households. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 19(12): 2854-2865.

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