Food is our right: Struggles for an equitable food system

Date: October 16, 2020
Time: 12h00 - 14h00
Venue: Live on Zoom & Facebook

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On World Food Day (16 October), academics and activists will debate and share insights on the impact of the food system on ensuring the right to food and ending hunger.

The Right to Food is enshrined in international agreements including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the African Union’s Resolution on the Right to Food and Food Insecurity in Africa. The South African constitution also guarantees the right to food. Despite these agreements, one of the biggest challenges facing millions of people across the world today is hunger. And the food system plays a role in exacerbating these challenges. 

With World Food Day taking place at a time of unprecedented challenges on global health and the economy, leading academics and activists will convene a digital dialogue titled: ‘The right to food and equitable food systems’, from 12h00-14h00 (CAT) on 16 October 2020. 

Jointly hosted by the PLAAS, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the C19 People’s Coalition Food Working Group, the online dialogue will see panellists debate and share recent and ongoing research on the devastating impacts of Covid-19; such as increased levels of hunger around the world, massive disruptions to the food system and loss of incomes to buy food. 

Access the programme here: WorldFoodDay_Programme (3)

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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.