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Food for all through resilient food and nutrition systems in South Africa

13 October 2020
10:30 - 13:00

NDA Public Dialogue in collaboration with HSRC

Date: 13 October 2020                        
Time: 10h30 – 13h00


National Development Agency CEO – Mrs Thamo Mzobe
HSRC, IED – Dr Peter Jacobs/Dr Admire Nyamwanza
STATSSA – Nozipho Shabalala/ Dr Nathaniel Dlamini

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The unfolding global health and economic crises have cast a sharp spotlight on the food and nutrition status of poor and vulnerable families in South Africa. As a caring society in this crisis, a compelling question captured societal debates: How did the Covid19 pandemic and economic crisis impact on hunger and the workings of the agro-food system and how can we build back better to improve agro-food systems and make them more resilient to shocks?

This question places the preparedness, effectiveness and efficiency of the agro-food system, coupled with food and nutrition security policy interventions, under scrutiny. As a minimum, the best measures to counter the growing hunger crisis demanded speedy and well-targeted action from state and non-state actors. This, in turn, rests on the resilience and greater coordination of these actors, as well as the availability of reliable real-time evidence to inform interventions. However, media reports since the onset of the pandemic have highlighted growing food access crises and persistent uncertainties about food consumption among the poor. Ad hoc and fragmented institutional responses exacerbated the food access crises.

World Food Day on 16 October 2020 (under the theme “Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together”)  calls for renewed reflections on best practices to satisfy the food and nutrition needs of all in sustainable ways, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so that they can withstand shocks and deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all. The National Development Agency (NDA), with research support from HSRC experts, has invested in identifying ways to strengthening resilient and scalable actions to combat hunger, including expanding hidden hunger as is evident from poorer quality dietary intake.

Against this background, NDA invites you to a virtual Public Dialogue to launch its latest Food and Nutrition Security Status Report and accompanying Policy Brief.