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How nature-friendly farmers are responding to COVID-19

This report from the UK’s Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) documents how NFFN farmers are changing how they supply and market food to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples include:

  • Changing farm working practices to maintain social distancing
  • Sharing videos of the farm online instead of the usual in-person educational visits
  • Reorienting distribution models, e.g. moving from selling mostly to restaurants towards selling directly to individual customers
  • Closing farm shops and opening “click and collect” via an online farm shop
  • Seeing a five-fold increase in sales via an online hub for local food

Read the full report, Feeding The Nation: How Nature Friendly Farmers Are Responding To Covid-19, here. See also the video Webinar: Food Systems Resilience in the Foodsource video library and read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here

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