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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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    A taste of chikanda

    by Jenny Willis I have been hoping to see chikanda since I came across an early paper about its valorisation in 2015. Thank you to Chimwemwe Tembo-Phiri, an agrarian scientist at Stellenbosch, for bri...

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    Useful Resources

    Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems In early 2019 the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health launched a report written by 37 world...

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    New report: T-Labs for Alternative Food Systems in the Western Cape

    Over the past three years, the Food Lab, in partnership with the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, GRAID and the NRF, has made use of Transformation Labs (or T-Labs) as a means of exploring wa...

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Day 2 & yes, we are of course LIVE streamed.
Wellcome Stage (HIVE) at https://t.co/DQixlHYAUM
- Kitchen Stage at https://t.co/dBgJoMxzDi

and all info at https://t.co/cD59xGHRzo

@scottdrimie @SAFoodlab : great panel this morning @EATforum. Thanks. Looking forward to working with you and the Food Lab on business dialogues that lead to solutions in Africa. @l_haddad @GAINalliance

Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting a discussion on a Just Transition within the SA food sector at @EATforum along with @WWFSouthAfrica https://t.co/SjD1WmqK1L

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Sponsors & Partners


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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