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Transformation Lab in action

In this blog post, Laura Pereira explains the idea of a ‘Transformation Lab’ (T-lab). T-labs are being used in the Pathways Network project in 6 countries to try to enable socio-ecological transformations. In the post, Laura uses an example of a completed T-lab from the GRAID...

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Support legislation to reduce food waste

FoodForward SA is an organisation that drives food banks. Essentially, they collect edible surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, and then redistribute this food to verified NPOs that collectively feed thousands of hungry people daily. In conjunction with Werksmans Attorneys and the CSIR, they...

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Food waste increases as people go hungry

by Dr Scott Drimie, view this article, originally posted in Business Day, here.  It’s absurd to think that farmers today produce about 50% more food than is necessary to feed the world’s population yet hunger remains such a pervasive issue in so many parts of the...

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South Africa Has The Lowest Rate Of Exclusive Breastfeeding In The World

Dr Scott Drimie is Director of the Southern Africa Food Lab. Though touted in social media as something of a women’s lib issue; the importance of support for breastfeeding mothers goes far beyond that. At under 8%, South Africa has the lowest rate of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF)...

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Retailers must step up to the plate on 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 into the future. In fact, addressing poverty – which affects more than a...

WORKSHOP REPORT: Shifting the Food System

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 were shared,  coalescing around areas of interest and passion, as potential catalysts and...

Shared visions for the future of food

New research on the rising cost of food gives the issue an alarmingly visceral dimension, write Ralph Hamman, Scott Drimie and Eckhard Smuts....

Western Cape organic and agro-ecological groups unite

In a significant moment last Saturday, members of the Western Cape farming community and broader agricultural industry joined together to endorse the South African Organic Sector Organisation’s (SAOSO) proposed Organic Standards....

Solve hunger, solve poverty

In a nation fraught with food insecurity, smallholder farmers have an important role to play; we provide food for the local communities and we provide employment, reducing rural poverty....

Eating for the nation – Juju shows the way

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/opinion/2016/10/16/Eating-for-the-nation-Juju-shows-the-way As we mark World Food Day on 16 October, Tatjana von Bormann appeals to South Africa’s political leaders to show the way forward by adapting their diet for their own sake and the sake of the planet. A couple of years ago it came to public...

Equipping smallholder farmers to succeed

- Carolyn Cramer “Every day African children attend schools across our nation having eaten nothing. Their educators expect them to perform to a specific level, but they leave knowing little more than when they arrived,” says Norah Mlondobozi. “You cannot teach a hungry child. Until we...

Join the Food (R)evolutions Exhibitions in May 2016

You may have spotted the first Food (R)evolutions Exhibition hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Spier Wine Estate. Partnering with the Sustainability Institute, we will host another two of these exhibitions in the upcoming months. From 5 to 16 May this exhibition can be seen on...

Have you spotted us in a local newspaper recently?

If you're a South African citizen, you may have spotted Southern Africa Food Lab articles about our country's food systems in one of your local newspapers in the last few months. We've also contributed to some online publications.If you spotted one of the articles mentioning...