Policy: Food and Nutrition Security for the Republic of South Africa

Policy: Food and Nutrition Security for the Republic of South AfricaNational Coat of Arms high res

Gazetted in August 2014, the policy outlines South Africa’s latest attempts to deal with hunger and food insecurity. The policy is accompanied by a draft implementation plan.

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Among the policy’s stated goals are increasing food production and distribution, as well as supporting community-based and small holder production. Approved by Cabinet in late 2013, the 21-page document also cites five pillars as underlying the policy’s strategies, including:

  • The need for improved nutritional safety nets by state, private and non-governmental actors;
  • Better nutritional education;
  • Increased investment in agricultural, particularly in rural areas, to improve the efficiency of food storage and distribution networks, as well as access to inputs;
  • Better market participation of emerging farmers through public-private partnerships; and
  • Food security risk management.

The policy also briefly touches on food security measures, the impact of climate change and the creation of a centralized food security control system.

The policy is also accompanied by a draft, 54-page implementation plan. This plan includes a rapid assessment of current food security measures in the country outlining challenges and weaknesses. The plan proposes conducting a baseline survey prior to implementation and once indicators have been agreed upon through workshops. It also proposes the development of a participatory monitoring and evaluation mechanism among other things.

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