Policy engagement is a crosscutting issue across all the CoE activities and was presented as a Key Performance Area (Information brokerage and service rendering) in the 2016 Business Plan. However, if we intend making an impact on the future food security in South Africa, we need to be actively engaged in the facilitation of dialogue that not only informs policy making with the research we have done in the first two years of the Centre but also helps shape the research of the CoE. This will serve as a two-way interaction between researchers and policy makers. To address this, the POLICY Programme has been established as both a programme of action research and serves as our Knowledge Brokerage platform.
Those who are entrusted with ensuring national food security in the public and private sectors, and in civil society, researchers and those who care about the future of the country need to engage in critical debates on food security policy to inform current policy processes and reach consensus for actions from all stakeholders. However, this debate and policy decisions need to be informed by independent analysis and up-to-date information. In turn, academic research needs to be informed by the needs of policy makers and other users of this knowledge if it is to be relevant. Several decades of research on evidence-based policy making shows that involving the users of knowledge in its generation significantly increases its incorporation into policy and practice.
This programme also has significant synergies with the SYSTEMS and PLATES research programmes.
New forms of knowledge production that actively engage in different types of knowledge in participatory settings have emerged in the last two decades as ‘the right thing to do’. However, the role scientists play in facilitating these processes remains unclear. ...
If food democracy is about who gets to determine the food that we eat and the character of the underlying food system, then we must examine not only who gets to make decisions that impact on food but also on ...
In Africa, food systems intersect with dynamics such as demographic growth, urbanisation, and climate change, as African food systems are key drivers of livelihood provision, development, and human-environment interactions. The governance of African food systems shapes how food systems are ...
One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.
The POLITICS Programme explores human relationships to food, the power dynamics around food production and access and the meanings that food acquires in particular cultural and social contexts.
The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa
The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.
If food is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated and no longer be fit for human consumption.
Organisational and technological innovations of food systems can help maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security.
The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.