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SUESCUN BARON, Carlos Alberto; BERNAL, Martha Lucía; GUEVARA CASTANEDA, Diego Alejandro  and  MORILLO, Óscar. Food Supply and Popular Economy in Bogotá and Some Surrounding Municipalities in Times of Pandemic. Apuntes del Cenes [online]. 2022, vol.41, n.74, pp.243-274.  Epub Mar 21, 2023. ISSN 0120-3053.

The article analyzes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the policies implemented in the state of economic and social emergency on the socioeconomic conditions of urban popular sellers and peasant producers involved in food supply. The city of Bogotá and the municipalities of Choachí and Fusagasugá (Cundinamarca) are taken as case studies. The research is based on a methodology that rescues the testimonies of the workers of these economies, testimonies that are analyzed together with the statistical description and in a heterodox theoretical framework on work and social reproduction. Based on interviews and the review of regulations, official reports and other pertinent bibliography, the effects of the health crisis on the labor and socioeconomic conditions of peasants and food vendors classified under the concept of popular economies are examined. The research concludes that the effects of the pandemic deepened the structural problems suffered by these economies, particularly due to the effects on economic activities and the limited nature of emergency policies, while highlighting their ability to adapt, community strengthening and innovation to face the crisis.

Keywords : COVID-19; food supply; popular economies; emergency state; social reproduction.

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