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Lessons from a food systems webinar: food, energy and water

“Understanding the complex and dynamic interrelationships between water, energy and food will enable cities to manage resources sustainably.” – Sandra Boatemaa, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (Stellenbosch University). Systems-thinking means shifting narratives to include experiences that are otherwise overlooked. A circular approach accounts for the...

Eastern Cape alliance launches digital network to fight Covid-19 in rural areas

By Luke Metelerkamp, Taryn Pereira, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Monde Duma, Monde Ntshudu, Lwande Maqwelane and Lawrence Sisitka As Covid-19 infections escalate in the Eastern Cape, confusion, misinformation and anxiety are rife. The need for clear, reliable and locally relevant information is urgent, especially in isolated rural communities....

The horror of child hunger stalks our land

Robyn Wolfson Vorster SA’s plans to combat child hunger were flawed prior to the Covid-19 crisis. And now, the absence of a strategic plan and funds for food relief could push already vulnerable children to the brink of starvation. Concern about child malnutrition made national news in...

Why are South Africans hungry when there’s surplus food?

By Stephen Grootes While so many South Africans are naturally worried about avoiding Covid-19, it is clear that to even more people the greatest fear is hunger. The evidence is that so far, food production has remained the same, but farmers have too much food on...

Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering

Recently, our country's leaders and medical representatives have publicly debated the effect of the lockdown on the malnutrition rates of our most vulnerable populations. Before Covid-19, a significant number of South Africans did not have access to sufficient food and were going hungry on a...

Community Chest launches World Hunger Day publication

In commemoration of International World Hunger Day on 28 May 2020, Community Chest, in partnership with The Southern Africa Food Lab, has launched a publication entitled “Challenging False Narratives in a Global Crisis: Reflections on Human Rights, Inequality and Securing Food Systems”.   The compilation of papers, reflecting...

It’s time to remove all red tape in order to feed the hungry

Public statement by the Southern Africa Food Lab 27 May 2020 The Southern Africa Food Lab notes with concern indications in the media and from first hand reports that government is acting to limit civil society initiatives for food security and food relief.  The lockdown, which was imposed on...

South Africa needs a national food security council to fend off starvation

By Nic JJ Olivier and Sheryl L Hendriks For millions of poor households across Africa affected by lockdowns, the threat of contracting Covid-19 may be more distant than the very real fear of hunger. Many are indefinitely trapped in cramped homes with multiple household members, wondering...

SA must move towards a democratised and recalibrated food system

Stephen Greenberg The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the stark inequalities that persist in our society. Vast disparities in access to healthcare, food, shelter, personal safety, water, transport and communications have been laid bare. Aside from imposing a lockdown, the government has been in disarray in responding to...

WEBINAR: Addressing hunger in South Africa, now and in the future

Event details Date: 27 May 2020Time: 15:00 to 16:30Venue: Online via Zoom, registration requiredAttend event via webcast The distribution of food parcels quickly led to conflict in several communities across South Africa. How sustainable is the provision of food directly to those who need it, and can it be done fairly? Do food parcels...

#BRIDGINGTHEGAPS Challenge – Winning projects’ announced

After 4 weeks of motivated competition, Oribi Village and partners Wakanda Food Acceleratorand the Southern Africa Food Lab are pleased to announce the top two projects that have been chosen to disrupt and reimagine collectively with us South African's food system. Both have won a fully paid incubation/acceleration support from ORIBI and...