Exploring Investment Opportunities for Improved Nutrition and Food System Resilience in Cape Town

Date: November 25, 2020
Time: 10h00 - 12h30
Venue: Live on Zoom & Facebook

You are invited to an interactive workshop to identify, prioritise and describe investment opportunities for improving the food system in the city of Cape Town.


The workshop will present an overview of challenges and needs in the food system, before diving into an interactive session to identify opportunities for intervention (or investment), with a specific focus on improving resilience and nutrition. Investment is used in a broad development sense, and therefore includes those with the aim of generating social returns.

The workshop will feed into the Investing in Urban African Food Systems project, undertaken by ICLEI Africa, with support of FAO. The project helps local governments to strive towards nourishing and resilient city-region food systems. The project will develop investment cases for most appropriate interventions identified by local governments and stakeholders and attempt to source implementation funding for these.

A draft agenda can be found here. Outputs from the proposed workshop include:
  • Knowledge of food system challenges faced in Cape Town.
  • A prioritised list of tangible investment opportunities within Cape Town’s food system.

In preparation, please complete this pre-survey and REGISTER here

Reports and presentations from the previous CoP meetings can be found in this shared Google Drive folder. You can also read the latest Working Papers, initiated by discussions in the Community of Practice:
  1. A Food Charter for the Western Cape? A Critical Inquiry and Scoping Study
  2. Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design – A Blueprint for a Future South African City?
For more information please contact: camilla.adelle@up.ac.za  083 260 4703.

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We recognise that producers, processors, distributors and consumers are incorporated into the food system under varying terms and returns. We also recognise the economic, social, human and environmental health impacts associated with food security. Therefore our goal is to conduct research, build capacity and disseminate findings that will promote a sustainable food system in South Africa.


Our research is concerned with the scale, nature, causes and consequences of food insecurity in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent. Thus our mission is to investigate products, technologies, processes and policies that can reduce food insecurity and mitigate its negative outcomes. We seek to make a difference to food security by linking innovative science with critical enquiry.