Future(s) of Food Seminar co-hosted with the CoE and HSRC. (5 July 2017).
The Food Politics and Culture Project organised a seminar in collaboration with the Human Science Research Council entitled: The Futures of Food. The panel was composed an interesting line-up which included Prof Ben Cousins, a SARCHI chair, Donna Andrews, a feminist intellectual activist, Dr Stephen Greenberg, a researcher on land and agrarian studies, and Mr Angelo Fick a senior researcher at eNCA. The panel brought to the fore key threads thats speaks to the futures of food on dismantling capitalism, the importance of land reform in agrarian transformation, celebrating feminist alternatives, encountering food as a metaphor personally and politically.
FIGHTING BACK! Contest the Hegemony of Large-scale Commercial Farming and Corporate Agri-business in Southern Africa!
On 13 and 14 May 2017 the Food Politics and Cultures Projects participated in a civil society knowledge and information sharing meeting in Johannesburg. The meeting included activists, farmers and food producers engaged in the fight for food sovereignty in the SADC region.
Food Systems of the Future Public Talk
The African Centre for Biodiversity in partnership with WITS Inala Forum hosted a public talk entitled: Food Systems of the Future: Mega Mergers, Big Data, Synthetic Biology and Food Sovereignty on 11 May 2017. Donna Andrews from the Food Politics and Culture Project was part of the panel comprising of Pat Mooney, John Nzira and Stephen Greenberg. Her input on the panel was on Critical Questions for the Making of New Food Politics and Cultures. To watch the full video click here
Common Ground for Food Sovereignty Strategy Workshop: Linking the struggles of smallholder farmers and farmworkers
On the 27th April 2017 the Food Politics and Culture Project participed in the “Common Ground for Food Sovereignty – Linking the struggles of smallholder farmers and farmworkers” that was organised by Trust for Community Outreach and Education and The Rosa Luxembourg Foundation.
Food Sovereignty as a concept has risen in prominence of the past few years with a number of actors supporting it within South African civil society. It has become a concept through which the ideas of control over natural resources including land and seed are expressed, and the voice of the marginalized is raised.
The day saw the facilitation of a dialogue involving farmers, farmworkers, trade unions and academia and grassroots NGOs, overall 60 participants. The dialogue tried to make a nexus connection between smallholder farmers, farm workers and civil society as actors who share the same struggles. It was characterized by discussions around issues of land, living wage for farmworkers and the importance of Solidarity across the sectors.