Press Release: Launch of National Food Crisis forum

Press Release: Inauguration of National Food Crisis Forum

 

To:

Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President, Republic of South Africa

Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development

Mr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs

Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

 

On Friday, 22 May, the National Food Crisis Forum (NFCF) was inaugurated by the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC), a vibrant alliance partner of the SAFSC and which is currently coordinating its response to Covid-19.

The NFCF was established to build a partnership with government and the Solidarity Fund to address the food crisis in the country. Both government and the Solidarity Fund have not done enough to address the worsening food crisis. The food crisis is not new (about 14 million went to bed hungry before Covid-19) and has been worsening during Covid-19 lock down. With about 30 million South Africans in food stress the country needs a multi-pronged approach that is about immediate relief but also about linking in structural elements of the food sovereignty system that already exists but which is not recognised by government and the Solidarity Fund. Read More