The objective of this project is to reconnect and recalibrate local food systems in eThekwini Municipality and iLembe District Municipality.
The project aims to ensure local food systems function efficiently by identifying the smallholders and other small-scale producers’ needs, leveraging appropriate support and re-connecting them to markets, especially informal markets and feeding schemes.
This capacity pivots on three main focus areas: an awareness of and a reconnection to both natural and human-made systems that support daily wellbeing; a sense of one’s own agency to act and influence this system; and strong social cohesion – social networks of reciprocity and trust (including virtual networks) – to support that action.
This focus will enable these actors to understand clearly the resources that support their daily lives in the food system: as they become more conscious of these links, they become creative participants in the interaction with and shaping of these systems.
The project works with small-scale farmer and agribusiness networks situated within eThekwini Municipality (largely metropolitan with a mix of semi-rural, peri-urban and urban) and iLembe District Municipality (largely rural). Due to COVID-19, these networks have become disconnected impacting on the ability of farmers to produce and sell food to generate income. The project aims to ensure that effective and resilient local food systems are enabled.
Through ongoing dialogue with the key stakeholders in the early phases of this project, the following work streams that could lead to significant food system transformation have been defined and enabled:
Much of the initial groundwork of this project has been based on dialogue, but in order to transition to the action element, a learning journey and transformation lab were held. The objectives of these events were to:
Read a report on the project learning journey and transformation lab here.
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