The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation. In South Africa, the deregulation of agriculture from the late 1980s onwards has accelerated both trends, leading to a rapid reduction in the number of farming units and the concentration of processing and distribution units. This period was also characterised by the development of highly controlled input markets in agricultural supplies (especially seeds, fuels, feeds, fertilisers, chemicals and farm machinery), as well as in agro-processing, agribusiness services, food manufacture and retail. This contributes to the reshaping of mega-farms and other segments of agro-food value chains as investment opportunities for institutional investors.
This programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing. The research aims to answer the following questions:
The paper explores one aspect of the food security question, namely the livelihoods of farmworkers, which ultimately speaks to the sustainability of farms and the provision of food. It focuses on the emergence of locally made private social codes (Wine ...
This paper looks at the dynamics of intra-regional trade and investment in fish and fish products between South Africa and the rest of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, and the implications of this trade for food and nutrition ...
The purpose of this paper is to consider the role that trade plays in food and nutrition security in South Africa. Despite an established commercial food system, South Africans experience high levels of food and nutrition insecurity – both under-nutrition and ...
One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.
The POLITICS Programme explores human relationships to food, the power dynamics around food production and access and the meanings that food acquires in particular cultural and social contexts.
The consumption of food is situated within the social construction of reality. Cultural and religious symbols inevitably construct and distort the ways in which food is selected, prepared and consumed.
The POLICY programme facilitates dialogue between researchers, the community and policy makers to inform policy making and shape research.
The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa
The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.
If food is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated and no longer be fit for human consumption.
Organisational and technological innovations of food systems can help maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security.