FOOD SYSTEM GOVERNANCE

Governance, Power and Public Engagement in Food Systems

South Africa’s agro-food system is undergoing rapid, corporate driven restructuring with implications for food security being both direct (via impacts on the nature and availability of foods) and indirect (via the implications for livelihoods, employment and economic activity). This programme explores the most urgent and important of these changes with a view to make information on these dynamics accessible to stakeholders and policy makers.  The programme also aims to understand the institutional arrangements required for improved food security and food systems governance and how food and nutrition security can contribute to broader development priorities. 

The objectives of this research programme are to: strengthen a collaborative governance approach for food security at the local, provincial and national levels through policy dialogue, public debate, the development of communities of practice and the co-production of knowledge; support the adoption a rights-based approach to the debate on access to food for schools leavers and students in tertiary institutions as this is congruent to homes from which students in these institutions originate; and use a food systems approach to contribute to the dialogue on what form of food system best meets the triple burden of malnutrition for poor people in Southern African cities.

CURRENT PROJECTS
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Principal Investigators

Professor Bruno Losch

Professor Bruno Losch is currently co-director of the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), based at UWC and lead...

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Professor Julian May

UWC based Professor Julian May, is director of the CoE in Food Security, and the UNESCO Chair in African Food...

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Professor Frans Swanepoel

Prof Frans Swanepoel is a Research Fellow in Residence with focus on Future Africa at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship...

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INNOVATION
Technological Innovation

The technological and enterprise innovations that build livelihoods and food security in...

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Nutrition, Health and Safety

Food security exists when all people within a society, at all times,...

LEVERAGED PROJECTS
Leveraged Projects

In addition, the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems held by CoE-FS...