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Food Systems Transitions

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The Food System Transitions course delves into the structural inequalities in the food system, and how its large-scale negative impacts on the environment, including agriculture and food production, is key to exploring existing and proposed alternatives and responses. It further offers an overview of various responses, places them in context of broader global transitions and provides some frameworks to guide analysis.


South Africa has its own manifestations of food system change initiatives. For example: the organic farming and permaculture movements, Slow Food convivia, and the more recent formation of what seems to be a broader social movement uniting around food sovereignty.

This course will introduce participants to some of these alternatives, and includes:

  • Visiting a few of them during the course
  • Encouraging critical analysis via the various conceptual frameworks introduced during the course.

Who should attend

The course is ideal for postgraduate students, professionals and practitioners working in government, corporate or civil society sectors who would like to interrogate the various ‘solutions’ that are being offered or tried in practice in the search for sustainable food systems and production systems.


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