Developing food systems that nourish the land and all people
FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE
Innovative designs to create a more sustainable system
SAFL provides a holding space for sustainable projects.
The Southern Africa Food Lab
The Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) exists to promote creative responses to the problem of hunger. We facilitate collaboration and dialogue between stakeholder groups to raise awareness and foster innovations and experimental action towards a thriving, just, and sustainable food system.
Programmes Of SAFL
TRANSFORMATIVE SCENARIO PLANNING
SUPPORTING SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE
SOCIAL PROTECTION, RURAL LIVELIHOODS, AND FOOD SECURITY
In a country where malnutrition and inequality are rife, retailers must embrace the challenge to sell the same products at prices that are more broadly affordable if their businesses are to succeed in...
As the organics sector steadily grows in South Africa, there is support for smallholder farmers’ inclusion. The recently released SAOSO Organic Standards for Production and Processing include Particip...
The Southern Africa Food Lab’s Workshop on Shifting the Food System in November was an exploration of a diverse group’s perceptions of the South African food system at which insights and expertise wer...
"I speak about agro-ecology wherever I am... In the taxi, at the clinic. I want to see change. I want to see my people growing their own food." - Connie Mbodi, Leadership in Agro-ecology Programme graduate and smallholder farmer ... See MoreSee Less
The World Food System Center - ETH Zurich is calling for applications for next year’s World Food System Summer School, “Food Systems in Transition,” which will be held from 27 January-10 February 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. The two-week intensive academic course will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and a number of field sites.
The program spans the food system and includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors.
"It is important to establish the behaviour of bees in the wild, and the effect they have on their environment. If we can learn from bees in the wild and what they need to be healthy, we can better understand what bees need to flourish when we keep bees. The knowledge we gain is used to create a greater awareness of the importance of bees in the wild, to protect them in wild spaces so as to ensure a strong gene pool, and to improve our working relationship with bees to ensure the longevity of this keystone species." - Jenny Cullinan ... See MoreSee Less