The Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute (DoI), in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, will host an advocacy meeting linked to its national Access to Food for Students project (#EndStudentHunger; #FeedOurStudents) in Johannesburg on 26 June 2019.
The Advocacy Meeting is the latest in a series of meetings organised by the DoI since 2017 in response to the growing food insecurity experienced by students at tertiary institutions nationwide. Research suggests that 30% of students at South African universities – and as high as 65% at some institutions – are experiencing some level of hunger and food insecurity.
The Advocacy Meeting seeks to mobilise a coalition of stakeholders in preparation for the implementation phase of the Project’s Access to Food for Students Project.
“There is a common misconception that students represent the elite and as such should be food secure,” observed Ms Funmilola Adeniyi, a doctoral researcher with the Socio-economic Rights Project. “The reality, however, is that students are more likely to be food insecure than other population groups.”