Food System Transitions
Recognising the structural inequalities in the food system, and its large-scale negative impacts on the environment is key to exploring existing and proposed alternatives and responses. Such questions and explorations require engagements with theories of food systems, food and agriculture governance and policy, as well as food regimes, transitions and change. These are key themes that run through this course.
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, even visiting a few of them during the week, and encourage critical analysis via the various conceptual frameworks introduced during the week.
Post-graduate 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. This course offers an overview of various responses, places them in the context of broader global transitions and provides some frameworks to guide analysis.