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Farm workers tell of lives shattered by evictions

“The laws do not protect farm workers,” said Carmen Louw of Women on Farms Protect ‘We were thrown out like…

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Conference delegate offers hope to two young speakers

If conferences have a reputation for being no more than longwinded talk shops, day three of the National Conference on…

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Minister Nxesi fields storm questions from farm workers at conference

Emily Tjale of the Land Access Movement of South Africa Those questions touched all the hot-button issues, from continued exploitation…

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Minimum wage ‘not enough’ say farm workers

The choice to group farm workers and domestic workers together in the minimum wage negotiations was “a tactical decision” and…

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National farmworkers’ conference has ambitious agenda

We are people without food because we are seasonal workers, said Bettie Fortuin. The generous meals served to farm workers…

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The Programme is out for the Future of Farm Workers National Conference

Farm workers will be the experts in the room at the upcoming national conference on The Future of Farm Workers…

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Opportunity to join the Food Safety project

(MSc) Safety of ready-to-eat baby vegetables An opportunity to join the Fresh Produce Food Safety Research group of Professor Lise…

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Vulnerable and marginalised South African farm workers’ future hanging in the balance

Farm workers are an integral part of South Africa’s economy economy and the food system. Yet they are often food…

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One in four children in South Africa remain stunted, despite a comprehensive social grant system

One in four children in South Africa remain stunted, despite a comprehensive social grant system, according to research by the…

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Low wages are not just the farmers’ fault, says US activist

Low wages are not just the farmers’ fault, says US activist Baldemar Velásquez, who shared experiences at farmworkers’ conference.

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Farm workers who produce our food are most vulnerable to hunger

The people who produce the food that we eat in South Africa are most likely to go hungry. Some people think that this issue can only be resolved by redistributing land. Others think that wages must improve.

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South African students suffering hunger crisis

More than a third of students at universities in South Africa are suffering from what is being described as a hidden hunger crisis. Once their fees are paid, there is little money left to pay for accommodation or to buy food.

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The farm workers who produce our food are the most vulnerable to hunger

Farm workers face a systematic backlash by farmers whenever progressive legislation is introduced to protect and advance workers’ rights

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Not-so-super supermarkets: Corporate retailers are killing off the spaza shop economy

It is time to take a much more careful look at supermarkets which use their market and corporate power to push smaller players and SMMEs — South African and foreign-owned — out of South Africa’s township economy.

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Students face food insecurity crisis

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as `the skeleton in universities` cupboards` because it receives so little attention. Those in higher education are assumed to be an elite whose minimum basic needs are met. But a study of 34 colleges and uni- versities in the US found that 48% of students experience food insecurity, and 22% hunger.

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South Africa’s sugar tax: Success amid controversy

To see if the current levy is indeed changing how much sugary beverages South Africans drink, researchers at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security are conducting a survey in the Langa community in the Western Cape.

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State has obligation to meet student’s right to food

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as `the skeleton in universities` cup- boards` because it receives so little attention. Those in higher education are assumed to be an elite whose minimum basic needs are met. But a study of 34 colleges and universities in the U.S. found that 48% of students experience food insecurity, and 22% hunger.

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Why many SA students are both hungry and obese

The few studies on food insecurity at South African tertiary institutions show an alarming picture that mirrors the social divisions bedevilling the country. At the University of the Free State 64.5% of students are food insecure.

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The farm workers who produce our food are the most vulnerable to hunger

Farm workers face a systematic backlash by farmers whenever progressive legislation is introduced to protect and advance workers’ rights. Image…

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Not-so-super supermarkets: Corporate retailers are killing off the spaza shop economy

Shop assistant in secured spaza outlet, Philippi, Cape Town 2018. Image credit: J Patrick. A new report on retail competition…

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Student hunger at South African universities needs more attention

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as “the skeleton in universities’ cupboards” because it receives so little attention….

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Picturing a nourishing food system

To address a lack of awareness and stimulate deliberations supporting more democratic urban food planning and governance, PLAAS and researchers…

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Creating knowledge democracy in South Africa: The role of communities of practice

widening the scope of knowledge production is an essential role that universities can play in creating knowledge democracy. Image from…

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Hungry for equality: Brazil’s state-subsidised student restaurant model as public policy

Student restaurants in Brazil began in the 1950s and evolved with the expansion of universities ever since.  University restaurants were…

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Time to pay attention to hunger among South Africa’s students

We take it for granted that university students are the least likely to go hungry. Why would they? After all,…

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Farm workers, let down by politicians, face new threats to their security

Farm workers are essential to the economy and food system, but they are poor and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse….

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Smallholder crop farming is on the decline in South Africa. Why it matters

Children play in a cabbage patch near their home in Modderspruit, near Rustenburg, South Africa. EFE-EPA/Halden Krog   Over half…

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Towards decolonial transdisciplinary research: The humanities in food studies
Date: November 21, 2019

“The humanities in food studies” is a mini-conference hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches

The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation.