Southern African Resilience Academy

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The Southern African Resilience Academy (SARA), based at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

SARA’s role is to act as a convening and support space for inter- and transdisciplinary researchers and practitioners working across southern Africa to engage around pressing resilience and development challenges in the region. The academy’s goals are to strengthen existing expert networks, expand collaboration, and facilitate the co-production of policy and practice-relevant knowledge. Furthermore, through its links with the GRP and other Resilience Academies, SARA aims to contribute directly and meaningfully to regional and global policy discussions around resilience and development, and elevate the southern African voice in international fora.

Building Equitable Resilience in Southern Africa

From 2022, SARA will be supporting working groups that synthesize knowledge.

Food Systems Transformations

SARA’s first year (2021) was focused on Food System Transformations in southern Africa.

News from SARA

Insights for food systems transformation from southern Africa

This photo essay illustrates key themes and recommendations that emerged from these SARA engagements, with a focus on addressing barriers and unlocking important actions to transform food systems in southern Africa.

Call for Working Groups: Building equitable resilience in southern Africa

The Southern African Resilience Academy invites proposals for collaborative working groups to pursue inter- or transdisciplinary research. Applications due by 31 January 2022.

Southern African Food Systems

Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) this September, several independent regional dialogues have been taking place to better understand the context around regional food systems.