- Provide strategy/recommendations for inclusive and sustainable food systems in rebuilding the economies of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces and a 5 year implementation plan
- Build capacities of stakeholders directly involved in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal food systems on inclusive and sustainable food systems in rebuilding economies of the provinces through workshops and dialoguing
FoodForRebuilding aims to provide insight on the recent crises affecting the South African food system and their impacts, with a major focus on the civil unrest and disruptions that took place in July 2021 in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. The project will provide in depth understanding of the roles and challenges experienced by vulnerable groups and how the disruptions may or may not have exacerbated existing food system challenges.
The need to improve the resilience and inclusivity of South African cities and regions’ food systems is now more pressing than ever in the face of multiple shocks and stresses that undermine the resilience and sustainability of these food systems. The Covid-19 Pandemic and lockdown restrictions reinforced the vulnerability of these food systems to shocks and stresses and impacted the availability and access to food, as well as food-related livelihoods across the food value chain. Moreover, the recent floods that have ravaged the KwaZulu-Natal have damaged infrastructure and destroyed crop yields thus impacting food security further. Additionally, political instability, both local and international, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict as well as the civil unrest in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Gauteng provinces that occurred in July 2021, laid bare the vulnerabilities and inequalities of the food system. Therefore, it has become critical that efforts towards rebuilding and recovery of the South African food systems (particularly KZN and Gauteng food systems) are prioritised. This relies on a systemic, collaborative approach between all relevant stakeholders.
Building more inclusive and sustainable food systems has the catalytic potential to offer several economic and development benefits to all people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. With the notion of transforming towards more inclusive and sustainable food systems, it is possible to maximise related food system outcomes such as health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and profitability of businesses and farmers along the value chain. It would also allow us to identify trade-offs and co-benefits across sectors in the food value chain as well as identify the leverage points in the systems for widest reaching benefits.
South Africa Food System Lab
Streamlining multi-level governance between local, provincial and national government for sustainable and resilient food systems in South Africa
ICLEI Africa in partnership with FAO and DALRDD are jointly implementing part of the Technical Cooperation Programme for developing inclusive and sustainable food systems in rebuilding economies of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng Provinces following recent shocks and stresses that disrupted the food system.
The aim of the lab is to contribute towards strengthening multi level food systems governance linkages between local and national level through supporting local and national governments to understand their roles in shaping the urban food system.
Date: 21 June 2022|
Time: 10:00-13:00 (SAST)