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Accès aux aliments locaux en Macédoine du Nord pendant la crise

From our series "Messages from the countryside in times of crisis"

Accessibility to local food in North Macedonia during the crisis

Liljana Tanevska, Forum Synergies Board member

Hi from silent nights and days in our country as well. As number of infected rise daily and spreads around the country here is a short update on local food and accessibility to local food.

One town where the virus was detected decided to close the open markets and supply people with food.

In Skopje the traders and some producers who were sitting at the open markets now offer delivery to home for all interested to buy, as the call is for all to stay home as much as possible.

Our consumer cooperative still functions with limited resources as it was using the public transport for delivery of food to the capital from the producers nationwide. Last baskets were full and regular, there is announcement that the next ones will have reduced options due to the crisis.

There is attempt to find ways to enable organic food producers to deliver the food and to have acceptable prices for the cooperative members. There is also a reduced price to get the basket at home address, instead of going there to pick it up.

In smaller places, people know who has potatoes, who has carrots, who has leeks and that’s how food supply functions at the moment. This is what I heard from my mother in law from the northeast of the country. I think their way is always this way as they always eat healthy and almost organic foods produced in mountains.

Otherwise the supermarkets function and have some items that are produced in NMK.