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Food system value chains

Working Paper 44
by Caroline Skinner, Gareth Haysom in 2016

This paper aims to review what is currently known about the role played by the informal sector in general and informal retailers in particular, in the accessibility of food in South Africa. The review seeks to identify policy relevant research gaps. Drawing on Statistics South Africa data, we...

Working Paper 42
by Oliver Schultz in 2016

This paper seeks to assess the state of knowledge in relation to the interrelated subjects of value chains, livelihoods, food systems, and regulatory dynamics in South Africa’s large- and small-scale fisheries. South Africa’s marine fisheries play an important role in sustaining the livelihoods...

by John Vidal, The Guardian in 2016

Millions of people who struggled to pay for traditional staple foods like maize, rice and wheat when global food prices dramatically rose between 2007-2011 have switched to western-style processed “junk-food” alternatives that are high in sugars, fats and salt, a four-year study across 10...

by Wendy Knowler, Business Day in 2016

South Africa’s multi-discipline Bureau for Food & Agriculture Policy (BFAP) has done the sums, and they are horrifying because they lead to this conclusion: 40 to 60% of South Africans can’t afford to eat healthily.

Speaking at the World Nutrition congress at the University of the...

by Neva Makgetla, TIPS in 2016

The National Treasury proposed 20% tax on sugary soft drinks derives from the National Department of Health strategy to reduce obesity. It is rooted in the scientific consensus that these kinds of drinks are a key factor behind rising obesity and the attendant ailments of diabetes, heart disease...

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