Covid-19 Farm to Household Replenishment Challenges
Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has induced mass panic buying of food and supplies due to the perceived supply uncertainties. To make it worse, our insecurities and fears were further reinforced with endless footages by the media of people hoarding toilet paper in what is now famously known as the ‘Toilet Paper Chase’. Later, when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was introduced, Malaysians would have its version, albeit of a different kind, the ‘Bread Chase’.
As soon as the first phase of the MCO ended, we came to our senses and realised that our initial fears of supply shortages never actually justified. Even bread can be relatively easy to find as are other products. The only complaint is – restricted movement. We surely have plenty of food to go around.
Why has there NOT BEEN any critical food and product shortage? What has changed in the supply industry? How were all these chains for critical supplies made to operate so efficiently within an extremely constrained environment?
In this series, we will talk to the people behind the ‘food chains’ to get insights on how they organised the systems of delivery from farm to the households during the MCOs, thus guaranteeing us ‘food security’ and allaying our fears.
1. Why did we face a shortage?
2. What were the initial challenges faced in bringing these food products and fresh produce to households?
3. How were we able to organise the system of delivery?
4. Do we foresee any shortages of essential food items that we import into the country?
5. What the future holds for the food industry, post-MCO? What is the new normal for the industry?