Insights for food systems transformation from southern Africa Outcomes of the Southern African Resilience Academy

Author(s): Sabrina Chesterman, Maike Hamann, Albert Norström
Link to CST author(s): Dr. Maike Hamann
Publication: GRP & CST Publications
Year: 2022
Full reference: GRP & CST (2022) Insights for Food Systems Transformation from Southern Africa. Outcomes of the Southern African Resilience Academy. Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), Stockholm, Sweden, and Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST), Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
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Food systems are complex and multi-dimensional. They encompass not only the production of food, but also processing, transport and consumption. The transformation of food systems requires a comprehensive shift in thinking and ways of doing, working across multiple scales, and being sensitive to how behaviour is shaped and power is expressed in these systems.

The Southern African Resilience Academy (SARA) is an initiative of the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It was established in early 2021 and is coordinated through the Centre for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University. SARA’s core role is to act as a convening and support space for researchers and practitioners working across southern Africa to engage around pressing resilience and development challenges in the region.

This insights brief presents key themes and recommendations that emerged from the SARA activities and discussions that were convened over the course of 2021 in order to explore ways of addressing barriers and unlocking key actions to transform food systems in southern Africa.