[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Year 2020 was challenging for Heifer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its repercussions but what was more severe was the crisis that loomed in livelihoods of majority of the smallholder farmers, project holders, partners and the marginalized communities that we are working with.
The onset of COVID-19 pandemic disrupted food production and supply chain aggravating the livelihood of poor rural communities. Poor households relying primarily on farm activities and daily wage labor to fulfil their daily needs, were the hardest hit as food stock was emptied and immediate income sources were disrupted.
Moreover, most of agri-entrepreneurs, expanding farm enterprises with bank loans, had to pay despite all the losses and they suffered more. This not only created chaos in the food supply chain, it also discouraged many smallholder farmers and forced them to leave their farm and travel across the border to India for unskilled labor jobs.