Biowatch is one of ten organisations co-hosting the National Policy Dialogue on a Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System taking place in Johannesburg 20–22 September.
The event is being hosted by the Alliance for Rural Advancement (AFRA), Biowatch South Africa, Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), LandNESS, Tshintsha Amakhaya, Climate Champions for Adaptation, Adaptation Network, Environmental Monitoring Group, and the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI).
The aim of the Dialogue is to discuss building a co-ordinated understanding and policy approach to a just transition in the South African food system across sectors. It will bring together organisations representing the labour movement, smallholder farmers, farm workers, labour tenants, informal traders, waste reclaimers, food and land justice organisations, civil society, and policy makers.
South Africa experiences a persistent hunger and food insecurity crisis. Unless significant action is taken at a practice and policy level to transform key aspects of the South African food system, this crisis will continue.
The food system in South Africa is a significant contributor to the country’s emissions that cause climate change. Agriculture, in particular, is deeply vulnerable to climate change impacts. This will have far-reaching implications for nutrition, food prices, the livelihoods of workers in existing food value chains, land tenure security for farm dwellers and those living on communal land, and for smallholder farmers.
This necessitates a just transition in the food system that:
To support the build up to and discussions during the National Policy Dialogue on a Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System, the co-hosting organisations developed a series of fact sheets on key elements for a just transition in the food system.
Click the cover images and links below to read and download the series, available in five languages: Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Xhosa, and Zulu.