30 Jun 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...

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01 Jun Covid-19: Families living on low incomes may be spending 30% more on food than they did two months ago.

According to Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity (PMBEJD), the problem facing South Africans has been compounded through multiple means. Whilst the price of foods in the supermarket trollies of families living on low incomes continues to increase, with the Household Food Basket having increased by...

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28 May 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...

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21 May 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...

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13 May #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...

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05 May 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...

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