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2020 Global Nutrition Report

The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity. Everyone deserves...

5 Ways That Local Food Systems Build Resilience

Food and Trees for Africa Have you considered the many steps between the food you buy at the shops and the farmers who produce it? These food systems play an essential role in food security. If you’re like most consumers in the global economy, you’re used...

The Household Food Situation during COVID-19 and the Nationwide lockdown

 PMBEJD |Pietermaritzburg | 8 April 2020  Observations from the supermarket floor, the waiting lines, the street, the spaza shop, the taxi, the home, the kitchen, the plate and the stomach.  The attached paper is based on observations and conversations with women in Pietermaritzburg from 19th March to 7th April...

Cash and food – not more soldiers

Questions are circling about the mobilisation of 73,000 additional South African National Defence Force personnel, and whether this suggests an intensified militarisation of the lockdown. This would bode badly for community-based efforts to resolve the food crisis and signal that the state has abandoned its...

Malnutrition and epidemics are intertwined. That makes fixing food systems crucial

Stuart Gillespie Senior Research Fellow, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Malnutrition is by far the biggest driver of ill-health and premature mortality in every region of the world. A slow-burn attritional problem, it does enormous damage. The COVID-19 epidemic that’s sweeping the world, meanwhile, brings a series of...

Covid-19 lockdown: millions hungry as work dries up

Children go without school lunch and families eke out the last of their supplies As the government grapples with finalising a plan to feed a growing number of desperately hungry people amid the Covid-19 national lockdown, shelters say they are seeing starving people who have not...

PEDI’s response to COVID-19

We didn’t enter the food system to be on the front lines but that’s where we find ourselves—farmers, food distributers, and markets alike.  In order for most of the population to stay home and “flatten the curve” there must be a few fearless who choose to...

Food in the time of the Coronavirus: Why we should be very, very afraid

By Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies The social legitimacy of the ‘COVID-19 lockdown’, government’s regulations imposed to contain the spread of the virus, is most likely to run aground unless an urgent plan can be made to ensure that everyone in the country has...

#BRIDGETHEGAPS challenge- 21 days to rethink the food system

Lockdown the opportunity to disrupt and solve social problems. The 21-day lockdown that kicks off this evening shouldn’t be seen as an excuse to stagnate, but as an opportunity for innovators to co-create effective solutions to make South Africa a better place for all. In that light, three...

COVID-19: Food security about more than fully-stocked supermarket shelves

STATEMENT FROM THE DSI-NRF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN FOOD SECURITY As South Africa prepares to shut down for 21 days to counter the rapid spread of COVID-19, promises around the maintenance of food supply chains fail to take account of the fact that food security and nutrition...

Principles and the Future of Food

In 2018, the Southern Africa Food Lab contributed to the development of a Sustainable Food Systems process facilitated by the Global Alliance.  From many submitted, five were selected to develop the Principles document I shared with you. The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is...

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, or opportunity – those may come – the reason is stunting. Refilwe’s...