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

Event details

Date: 27 May 2020
Time: 15:00 to 16:30
Venue: Online via Zoom, registration required
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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 rather than cash undermine the agency and dignity of people in need?

Hunger is not a new issue in South Africa, but it has been exposed by the COVID-19 crisis. Agricultural economists, academics and activists have long been aware of the threats to food security, particularly in high density urban areas.

This seminar will examine what we know about addressing hunger under current conditions. Speakers will draw on their experience in responding to the crisis, and participants will have an opportunity for small group discussions. Speakers will wrap up with a reflection on the group discussions, with a view to stimulating further action.

This seminar is hosted jointly with Reos Partners.


  • Chandre Gould, Senior Research Fellow, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS
  • Rebecca Freeth, Senior Associate, Reos Partners


Enquiries: Chandré Gould, Email: cgould@issafrica.org