The coronavirus pandemic has placed considerable strain on small and medium sized food producers. Many have responded with ‘inspiring, creative and innovative’ solutions. REFRAME takes us on a tour of how SMEs in the North Sea region have adjusted their business models.

SOURCE: Food Navigator

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedent business environment, with many countries having imposed total travel bans in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. For Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, this means many airlines remain grounded, a situation they did not anticipate. Against this, Group MD and CEO Allan Kilavuka highlighted that the demand for cargo vessels across the world is high, however the main freighters operate mostly in Europe and America creating a shortage of cargo aircraft in Africa.

SOURCE: The Start Newspaper Kenya

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There’s a proverb that goes: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is right now.” The naturally vulnerable Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) and entrepreneur sector would have done well to build their resilience prior to COVID-19. But if they didn’t, as with so many, right now is the time to plant the seeds for short, medium and long-term resilience.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

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As the Covid-19 crisis spreads to new epicenters in Europe and the U.S., companies are scrambling to mobilize responses. There are no easy answers, due to the unpredictability of disease dynamics, a lack of relevant prior experience, and the absence of plug-and-play instructions from government or international authorities.

SOURCE: Martin Reeves , Lars Fæste , Cinthia Chen , Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak and Kevin Whitaker