Southern Africa Food Lab | Land Portal
Focal point: 
Scott Drimie

Emplacement

Stellenbosch University
Afrique du Sud
ZA
Postal address: 
Private Bag X1, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Working languages: 
anglais

The Southern Africa Food Lab (Food Lab) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that grapples with questions around food systems in southern Africa to foster long-term food security in the region. The initiative brings together diverse, influential stakeholders in the regional food system in order to respond to systemic issues in creative ways and to inspire change in how we think about and act on complex social challenges. The Food Lab facilitates dialogue between these stakeholders to bring about collaborative learning, foster innovations and experimental action towards a just and sustainable food system.

Southern Africa Food Lab Resources

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How and why the Toolkit was developed, and lessons learnt from its application in the Mopani and Umkhanyakude districts in South Africa

Ressources et Outils d'entraînement
août, 2016
Afrique du Sud

This document provides an introduction to the Smallholder Farmer Market Segmentation Toolkit produced by the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) and the Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) during 2014 and 2015.

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Compiled for small holder farmers and trainers in South Africa

Ressources et Outils d'entraînement
juillet, 2016
Afrique australe

This manual provides a short history of localg.a.p. and its entry into South Africa and provides information for trainers providing support to small holder farmers who want to achieve localg.a.p. compliance. 

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June 2015 - February 2016, Mopani district of Limpopo, South Africa

Rapports et recherches
juin, 2016
Afrique du Sud

Between late 2014 and June 2016, South Africa experienced an El Niño-related drought, which various reports claim to be the worst meteorological drought in the southern Africa region in 35 years. In February 2016, the Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) commissioned a drought impact assessment (DIA) in the Mopani district of Limpopo province, as part of its Agro-ecology Awareness (AeA) project, and Supporting Smallholder Agriculture programme. This report provides the findings of this assessment.

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Workshop held at STIAS, Stellenbosch on the 25 and February 2016

Rapports et recherches
février, 2016
Afrique du Sud

This is a report from a workshop organised by the Southern Africa Food LAB (SAFL) in collabora?on with Solidaridad Southern Africa, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to develop a set of entry level standard principles; and an integrated environmental, ethical, and social market standard for smallholder farmers.

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Towards a scenario based dialogue: Four Transformative Scenarios examining possible futures of the food system in South Africa

Rapports et recherches
décembre, 2015
Afrique du Sud

What is the future of food in South Africa? What might the food system look like in 2030, in terms of production, processing, distribution and consumption? Many people are asking similar questions and producing vision statements, policies and forecasts to enable anticipation and planning in a volatile system. They are all telling stories about the future – some optimistic, some dire. But these stories tend to be disconnected, narrated past each other to different audiences. The four scenarios contained in this document tell a more connected set of stories.

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23 - 28 August: Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa

Rapports et recherches
novembre, 2015
Afrique australe

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) and Reos Partners organised a learning exchange aimed to deepening the understanding on the linkages between agriculture and social protection, focusing on lessons and experiences from southern Africa. The purpose of this learning exchange was to facilitate sharing and compiling of lessons learned in the design, implementation and institutional arrangements of linkages between social protection, food security and agricultural-based livelihoods, including good practice

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Building local economies: how small holder farmers make markets work for them and food safety, ethical and environmental standards

Rapports et recherches
octobre, 2015
Afrique du Sud

This research report contains an overview of two innovations that form part of a project called Supporting Smallholder Agriculture (SSA) conducted by the Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL). The two innovations documented in this report simultaneously investigated market segmentation and standards - related challenges among smallholder farmers in two parts of the country.

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A research project facilitated by SAFL and funded by GIZ

Rapports et recherches
septembre, 2015
Afrique du Sud

The overarching aim of the study was to identify ways through which smallholder farmers could be supported to enter the sector.

The objectives of the project were to:

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Rapports et recherches
mai, 2015
Afrique du Sud

This paper is a systematic review of published literature pertaining to organic agriculture in South Africa. The review gives an overview of the status of the organic sector in South Africa, in terms of both agriculture and market trends. The specific focus is on issues surrounding the development of smallholder farmers within the organic sector. The document includes three case studies of organic smallholder farming projects from around South Africa: the Heiveld Cooperative (Northern Cape), Ezemvelo Farmers’ Organisation (KwaZulu-Natal) and Siyavuna (KwaZulu-Natal).

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Rapports et recherches
décembre, 2013
Afrique du Sud

The Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (PLAAS) are engaged in a project called Supporting Smallholders into Commercial Agriculture: A social dialogue and learning project. This project has been designed to ensure strong linkages between academic research and processes of social dialogue, policy debate, media dissemination and institutional learning among stakeholders involved in the development of smallholder agriculture. This report documents the proceedings of the first innovation lab.

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