Food insecurity remains a major policy challenge in South Africa. One in five children display stunted growth – an indicator of chronic malnutrition. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes – including social grants, the Expanded Public Works Programme and the National School Nutrition Programme – have increased dramatically. Given this context, this research programme aims to critically interrogate why South Africa’s comprehensive social protection system is not making a much more significant contribution to the eradication of food insecurity and hunger, and to identify how this contribution can be enhanced.
The Programme Principal Investigator for this programme is:
- Stephen Devereux, Research Fellow at the UK Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Dr Devereux also holds the NRF–Newton Fund SA-UK Research Chair (SARChI) in Social Protection for Food Security