Insights for food systems transformation from southern Africa: Overview of southern African context

Transformation is needed to move southern Africa’s current food system into a space that is responsive to future uncertainties, climate-resilient, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable. Research plays an integral role in this shift.

This report contextualises the actions of the Southern African Resilience Academy (SARA) in 2021, a year covering many pivotal events towards food systems transformation.

The year 2021 demonstrated the extent to which global leaders are committed to accelerating and deepening the transformation of food systems in a manner that aligned with the 2030 Agenda. Beyond this, the extensive participation of a wide range of stakeholders in food system dialogues (whether at a local, national, regional or global scale) demonstrates that people want to witness and engage in food systems transformation. Transformation that ensures the growing population can continue to be fed, in such a way that also contributes to people’s nutrition, health and well-being, restores and protects nature, is climate neutral and adapted to local circumstances, and provides decent jobs and inclusive economies.

For more insights into southern Africa’s food systems transformations, follow this link to outcomes of the Southern African Resilience Academy.

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