FACT SHEETS | Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System

The National Policy Dialogue on Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System, held from 20–22 September 2023 in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, aimed to foster a common understanding, agenda, and policy approach for a just transition in South Africa’s food system. Convened by Biowatch South Africa, African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Alliance for Rural Advancement (AFRA), Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), LandNESS, Tshintsha Amakhaya, Climate Champions for Adaptation, Adaptation Network, Environmental Monitoring Group, and the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), the Dialogue successfully brought together a range of sectors, including labour organisations, small-scale farmers, farm workers, informal traders, waste reclaimers, food and land justice groups, civil society, and policymakers, to work towards a shared, just, and transformative agenda on adaptation, mitigation, and ecological transition in the food system. The event provided a chance for government officials to communicate their policy positions on agriculture, food, and climate, and for the different constituencies to engage (and challenge!) them. The Dialogue laid the groundwork for ongoing policy discussions.

To support ongoing horizontal learning and education leading up to and during the National Policy Dialogue, a series of fact sheets on key elements for a just transition in the food system was co-developed and produced in five languages – Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Xhosa, and Zulu. 

Click the cover images and links below to read and download the series.

Just transitions Fact Sheet 01_Towards a just transition
Just transitions Fact Sheet 02_SA food system just transition
Just transitions Fact Sheet 03_Climate change emissions
Just transitions Fact Sheet 04_Impacts of climate change
Just transitions Fact Sheet 05_Overview of CCAMP
Just transitions Fact Sheet 06_Towards just climate resilient food system


  1. Op die pad na ’n regverdige oorgang in Suid-Afrika se voedselstelsel
  2. Die Suid-Afrikaanse voedselstelsel en die behoefte aan ’n regverdige oorgang
  3. Klimaatsveranderingsemissies in die geïndustrialiseerde voedselstelsel
  4. Impakte van klimaatsverandering op Suid-Afrikaanse landbou en op die voedselstelsel
  5. Die Landbousektor se Aanpassings en Versagtingsplan vir Klimaatsverandering (AVKV)
  6. Op pad na ’n regverdige en klimaatsbestande voedselstelsel: agro-ekologie vir voedselsoewereiniteit en klimaatsgeregtigheid


  1. Towards a just transition in South Africa’s food system
  2. The South African food system and the need for a just transition
  3. Climate change emissions in the industrialised food system
  4. Impacts of climate change on South African agriculture and the food system
  5. Overview of the agriculture sector Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan (CCAMP)
  6. Towards a just and climate-resilient food system: agroecology for food sovereignty and climate justice


  1. Go ya go phetošo ye Kaone ka lenaneong la dijo la Afrika Borwa
  2. Lenaneo la dijo la Afrika Borwa le tlhokego ya phetošo ye kaone
  3. Meši ye e bakwago ke phetogo ya tlelaemete ka lenaneong la dijo ka diintastering
  4. Seabe sa phetogo ya leratadima go bolemi le lenaneo la dijo la Afrika Borwa
  5. Tlwaelo ya Phetogo ya Leratadima le Lenaneo la Phokotšo ya ditlamorago go lekala la Bolemi (CCAMP)
  6. Go ya go lenaneo la dijo le lekaone le la go kgotlelela tlelaemete: bolemi bja go amana le tikologo go fihlelela boikemo go dijo le toka go tlelaemete


  1. Ngokubhekisele kuTshintsho lokwaBiwa koQoqosho ngokunoBulungisa kwimisebenzi yokuvelisa kuye ekutyiweni kokutya eMzantsi Afrika
  2. Imisebenzi yokuvelisa kuye ekutyiweni kokutya yaseMzantsi Afrika kunye nemfuno yotshintsho lokwabiwa koqoqosho ngokunobulungisa
  3. Iigesi ezikhutshwa lutshintsho lwemozulu kwimisebenzi yokuvelisa kuye ekutyiweni kokutya yezoshishino
  4. Iimpembelelo zokutshintsha kwemozulu kulimo lwaseMzantsi Afrika kunye nenkqubo yokutya
  5. Limpembelelo zokutshintsha kwemozulu kulimo lwaseMzantsi Afrika kunye nenkqubo yokutya
  6. Ukusetyenziswa kwemithethosiseko yendalo kwiinkqubo zolimo kwilungelo labantu lokutya okunempilo nobulungisa ekuhlaleni ngokunxulumene nemozulu


  1. Sibheke oshintshweni olunobulungiswa ezinhlelweni zokudla eNingizimu Afrika
  2. Izinhlelo zokudla zaseNingizimu Afrika kanye nesidingo soshintsho olunobulungiswa
  3. Ukungcola okunomthelela ekuguquguqukeni kwesimo sezulu okukhiqizwa yizimboni ezinhlelweni zokudla
  4. Imiphumela yokuguquka kwesimo sezulu kwezolimo eNingizimu Afrika nezinhlelo zokudla
  5. I-Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan (CCAMP) Yesigaba Sezolimo
  6. Sibheke ezinhlelweni zokudla ezinobulungiswa nezikwazi ukumelana nesimo sezulu: i-agroecology yokuzimela ngokwezokudla kanye nobulungiswa ngokwesimo sezulu