COVID-19 and Food Security

Slew of food-related ‘pandemics’ await in the wake of COVID-19

National and global food systems are not working for the billions around the world who suffer from hunger...

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Activists & academics call for food system transformation to end hunger

On World Food Day (16 October), academics and activists will debate and share insights on the impact of...

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Basic income grant could be a massive game changer in SA

The basic income grant has become a topical issue now. There are questions as to whether it could...

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People are hungry: Remove bureaucratic red tape limiting access to food

People are hungry, it’s time for the South African government to remove the bureaucratic red tape limiting access...

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South Africa’s social welfare net in need of reinforcement

A long and hard conversation about a basic income grant, or BIG, is looming for South Africa. expanding...

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Centre of Excellence in Food Security discusses COVID impact on the vulnerable

The impact of the COVID-19 on the vulnerable was discussed in a webinar hosted by the Centre of...

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Government urged to do better with implementing social safety net interventions

Researchers and academics have called on government to do better in the implementation of social safety net interventions....

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Calls for SA government to make relief measures permanent

Some NGO’s want the government to make the Covid-19 emergency relief measures permanent from October, especially the one...

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Make COVID-19 emergency relief measures permanent, social protection experts urge

Social protection experts have called on the South African government to make the COVID-19 emergency relief measures permanent...

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Why a permanent Covid-19 emergency relief plan is needed

Social protection experts have called on the South African government to make the Covid-19 emergency relief permanent from...

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The post-COVID future for South Africa’s women remains unclear

It has become apparent that women around the world are, as a ripple effect from persistent systemic inequities,...

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SA has been leaving too many behind before and during COVID-19

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Women at the centre of the food cycle – webinar on food security post-Covid-19

A Centre of Excellence in Food Security webinar, looking at the important issues surrounding food security pre- and...

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Women hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19

Sofia Sprechmann of humanitarian organisation Care International didn’t mince any words when she recently wrote on the impact...

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Informal traders share their lockdown stories of survival and making do

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the spotlight on the importance of the informal economy as a means of...

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Feeding in a crisis: Social protection and governance during the pandemic

Of the three million people who lost their jobs in South Africa, two thirds of those were women,...

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Times have been perilous for farm women and waste pickers

The Centre of Excellence in Food Security is hosting a series of 2020 Women’s Month Webinars over August,...

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Poor have borne the brunt of “inappropriate” Covid-19 regulations, experts say

The loss of jobs and desperately needed revenue to the state resulting from Covid-19-related restrictions will negatively impact...

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Changing our behaviour to improve food security

Across the world, COVID-19 has persuaded people to think more carefully about changing their behaviour.  We need the...

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WANTED: Programme Manager (COVID-19 response) Pilot Programme

This pilot programme will see a consortium of partners unite to deliver a COVID-19 response programme, focussed on...

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SA’s “inappropriate legislation” out of step with global COVID-19 opinion

The government has come in for a tongue-lashing over its “inappropriate” COVID-19 regulations, with one of the country’s...

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The policy shift South Africa needs to achieve food sustainability

If SA wants to achieve food and nutrition sustainability, agriculture policies will need to shift away from chemical...

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Food Dialogues 2020: Building healthier, resilient and just food systems

The Food Dialogues: Cape Town 2020 initiative, which takes place until 14 August 2020, is set to focus...

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BIG or BUG?: Social Development Minister sows hope and confusion for the unemployed

On Monday 13 July the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, unexpectedly let a BIG cat out of...

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WATCH: Universal income grant sparks big debate

A panel of experts debate the universal income grant with Business Day TV’s Michael Avery published date: 20200723...

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Basic income grant a necessary boost for unemployed South Africans

On Monday 13 July the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, unexpectedly let a BIG cat out of...

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Basic income grant a timely intervention for SA, researcher says

As countries and citizens across world navigate through the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic – including its impacts...

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Civil Society’s rapid response averts covid-19 hunger catastrophe

The massive mobilisation of civil society organisations across the Western Cape in the first six weeks of the...

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Hunger catastrophe avoided in SA thanks to civil society organisations

A hunger catastrophe was averted in the country thanks to civil organisations that distributed food parcels to those...

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While fields are full, plates are empty

Food production and logistics were among the star performers during the Covid-19 lockdown. Despite the initial panic buying,...

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‘A food safety crisis now would bring SA’s medical sector to its knees’

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the authorities grapple with how to assure safe food production...

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People are hungry: Remove bureaucratic red tape limiting access to food

People are hungry, it’s time for the South African government to remove the bureaucratic red tape limiting access...

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Gray vs Mkhize: Child malnutrition surge is coming – so who was right?

There is no data to support the theory that child malnutrition is increasing or decreasing yet. But experts...

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Good gut health could be a key line of defence against viral infections, researchers say

Although there is no specific research that shows the positive effects of high-fibre foods in helping to fight...

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Hunger could be as big a threat as Covid-19

Vulnerable households are struggling to put food on the table as the government lockdown puts their livelihoods on...

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Local government best placed to tackle food insecurity, especially in times of crises

If food insecurity is also about access and utilisation, local government is as much a part of the...

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Lockdown: Fields are full, but plates are empty

As the lockdowns continue, the situation is threatening to evolve from a public health emergency into a full-blown...

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Food security and Covid-19: averting a crisis of “biblical proportions”

Covid-19 lockdowns across the world have unleashed a range of unintended consequences, sparking a global economic crisis that...

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Appeal for emergency relief for ‘hand-to-mouth’ R360bn informal food sector

University of Pretoria (UP) academic, Dr Marc Wegerif, is calling on the government to provide emergency relief for...

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Small informal vendors are big business

Many vendors suffered the loss of stock as police confiscated their merchandise following initial regulations barring informal food...

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Food aid parcels in South Africa could do with a better nutritional balance

Food insecurity is a reality for many South African households. Food aid parcels will see may households through...

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Thumbs down for food parcels, thumbs up for cash

Cash grants will allow money to be ploughed back into the informal economy, because food vouchers and parcels...

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Vers un déploiement militaire massif en Afrique du Sud

Julian May, professeur rattaché à l’Université du Cap-Occidental, au Cap, note que plusieurs familles ont pu survivre dans...

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#LockdownSA: Prioritise school nutrition programme

Discussions about the schooling program for the rest of the year are still underway, but the majority of...

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Open up the places with no Covid-19 cases, say food security experts

The proposal comes from the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape,...

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No need to panic over stock

Don’t panic. The country has sufficient food supplies. Experts say the empty food shelves you have been observing...

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COVID-19: A place-based approach offers options to relax the lockdown

South Africa bought time by slowing the spread of the virus; but an abrupt end to the lockdown...

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SA needs a place-based approach to restarting the economy

Using local and community contexts may offer a way forward both to restarting the economy and building resilient...

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In confined South Africa, “it’s war” to feed in poor suburbs

Unsurprisingly, confinement has once again highlighted the very strong inequalities in South African society.

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Violence and looting point to food crisis in South Africa lockdown

Several violent protests have broken out across the country over access to food parcels handed out by authorities.

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Virus triggers African unrest: Riots break out in Johannesburg over food shortages

Unrest has spread across Africa. Riots have erupted in Cape Town over food shortages and the army has...

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COVID-19: Loss of household income threatens child nutrition

COVID-19 threatens child nutrition. The current lockdown in South Africa starkly illustrates the many ways in which children’s...

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Lockdown 2020: A humanitarian crisis is looming – where is the safety net?

Covid-19 is a public health crisis, caused by a virus. But the response to Covid-19, while necessary, is...

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Shock responsive social protection can minimise impact of lockdown on impoverished households

The extension of the lockdown in South Africa by two weeks, while necessary, is creating an economic crisis...

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Lockdowns threaten childrens’ nutrition: why extra care is needed

It’s not just children already born who are at risk. During the 21 days of the current lockdown,...

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Social protection responses to the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Poor and vulnerable South Africans, including domestic, farm, service sector, and self-employed workers as well as children from...

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Will COVID-19 increase poverty and hunger? What can South Africa do?

On Monday evening, when President Ramaphosa announced a 21-day national lockdown to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, he...

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COVID-19: FOOD SECURITY IS ABOUT MORE THAN FULLY-STOCKED SUPERMARKET SHELVES

As South Africa prepares to shut down for 21 days to counter the rapid spread of COVID-19, promises...

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