Understanding Cape Town’s Food System: Facts, figures, flows

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What is Cape Town's food system like? How much food of what kind is there? Where do people get their food? How does it enter the system, where does it go and who eats what? How much waste is there? Are people getting the nutrition they need? How are things changing, and what impact has the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown had? These and other questions will be addressed to provide a broad introductory overview of Cape Town's food system, up-to-date with the latest research findings.


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Jane Battersby

Jane Battersby is Associate Professor at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, where she heads up the food security and food systems cluster. She serves on the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report and regularly consults and advises local, provincial and national governments, NGOs and civil society groups on food issues in the African context.

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