National Policy Dialogue on a Just Transition and Adaptation in SA’s Food System

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:

  • lowers emissions (mitigation);
  • ensures resilience to climate impacts (adaptation); and
  • achieves the right to food, and protects, expands and improves equitable employment and livelihood opportunities and secure tenure for workers, smallholder farmers, and communities.


For more information, click here for the concept note and here for the programme.


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Fact Sheets

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. 

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