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The Southern Africa Food Lab

The Southern Africa Food Lab was established in 2009 to promote creative responses to the problem of hunger through multistakeholder dialogue and action. The Lab team is one of unprecedented diversity in the region, comprising stakeholders from corporate, grassroots, NGO, academic, and government sectors, all working together to transform the food system from farm to table. Over the past decade the Lab has successfully facilitated collaboration and dialogue, not just raising awareness, but effectively catalysing action to foster innovations and experimental action towards a thriving, just and sustainable food system.

Programmes Of SAFL

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  • Malnutrition in a time of abundance

    Refilwe is five months old. Born in Kayamandi township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, Refilwe may have the aptitude to become a doctor someday, but it will never happen. The reason isn’t education,...

  • Southern Africa Food Lab design thinking workshop

    In early October, a group of actors involved in the local food system gathered at Oribi Village in Gardens, Cape Town for a design-thinking workshop focused on strengthening the contribution of smallh...

  • The township food revolution has started

    By Magnificent Mndebele Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around Gauteng. However, a considerable ...

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In South Africa, our issue is less about food production – despite the food insecurity of some households, we do produce enough food to feed our population – and more about diets which are healthy not only for humans, but also for the environment.

Thank you to the team behind the National Food Dialogue- our small group had a great discussion about how to realise the food system we need to nourish children and the most vulnerable in our communities. @SAFoodlab @FoodSecurity_za #zerostunting


Intense group exercises at the Food lab workshop @SAFoodlab @WWFSouthAfrica food as a Nexus between Health, Economy, & Environments - challenges and opportunities for Governance

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The Food Lab has drawn on a wide range of sponsors and partners to enable its work over the past 10 years. The main partners are featured below.

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