Food Imbizo: Community-based food security research

Date: November 22, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Hybrid: (In-person) Bertha House, 67 & 69 Main Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700 | Online Google meeting

On Wednesday, 22 November 2023, the Food Imbizo, hosted by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), will present initial findings and reflections on two recent research projects that are shedding light on food access and consumption patterns in the poorest communities of South Africa:
  1. The “Urban Food Futures” project, in partnership with the community-led research and advocacy group Food Agency Cape Town (FACT), has just completed a household survey on food access and consumption in five impoverished communities in Cape Town.
  2. Led by CoE-FS project lead Dr Marc Wegerif, community members from severely disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, Tembisa and Tshwane have gathered regular data on fruit and vegetable prices and quality in the informal sector (read more here).
Join us for an interactive hybrid Food Imbizo session to review key findings including answers to the following questions:
  • What does the data reveal about food security, about consumption patterns in poor communities?
  • What can we learn about the role of informal traders in providing convenient and affordable access to fresh food? 
  • What are the implications for food governance?
  • What lessons can we learn about participatory research methods?
Moderator: Brian Adams (Surplus People’s Project)
Introduction: Florian Kroll (CoE-FS/Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies)
  • Nomonde Buthelezi (FACT)
  • Dr Nicole Paganini
  • Dr Marc Wegerif (UP)
  • Nomfundo Mngika (community researcher)
Date: 22 November 2023
Time: 10:00-12:30
Venue: Bertha House, 69 Main Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town / online (please complete this Google Form to indicate whether you will attend in-person or online, which you will indicate at the end of the form process).

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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.