Rethinking the roots of food poverty: Broken history, broken food system

A talk by Gareth Haysom
African Centre for Cities

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Food insecurity today is not only a consequence of relatively recent post-apartheid legal and regulatory approaches, nor of a neo-liberal economic order. Deeper roots of this persistent problem can be traced back through pre-apartheid and colonial structures, laws and conflicts. This highlights the need to engage with deeper societal issues and to broaden our understanding of the causes of food poverty, as well as what is required to address it in a meaningful way.


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Gareth Haysom

Gareth Haysom is a researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Has 15 years of experience in the private sector before returning to academia in 2004 where he has held various teaching and research positions at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Gareth’s work focuses on urban food. This approach uses food as a lens to better understand urbanisation in cities of the global South with a specific interest in African cities, working in a variety of countries and across city types.

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