THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD SYSTEM
This Saturday two-hour lecture considers the future of South Africa’s food system in relation to three main areas of concern: the nutrition transition which has seen both wasting and undernutrition in young children and increasing levels of obesity in older children and adults; the role of the private sector and market forces in the food system (four major companies account for 97% of sales within the South African formal food retail sector; increasing numbers of people buy food with social grants rather than produce food); and identified threats to the food system, including climate change, food waste, the scarcity of arable land and water and depletion of fishery stocks.
1. South Africa’s food system: what research currently shows
2. Transforming South Africa’s food system: leverage points and innovation towards sustainability
Pdfs of the recommended reading are available on the Summer School website page for this course.