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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 Oct 2019 in a #DesignThinking Workshop co-hosted by @OribiV @SAFoodlab we shared our #ABALOBI lessons & experiences with other #foodsystems #changemakers seeking #techforgood solutions to strengthen the contribution of #smallscalefarming stakeholders in the #CapeTown region... https://twitter.com/SAFoodlab/status/1194511821190959104

We recently co-hosted a design-thinking workshop with
@OribiV in which we applied the experience of
@abalobi_app fishing with smallholder farmers in the Cape Metropole. Download the workshop report here:


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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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