Today marks World Food Day.
In South Africa, one in four people do not have enough to eat, and half the population is at risk of hunger despite the country producing more than enough food, research by Oxfam shows.
One 23-year-old mother who survives on piece jobs, often times only has R6 a day to feed her family of four.
Poor communities are squeezed due to lack of jobs, low levels of income, rising prices, lack of rights to land and water and climate change, an unfair, unsustainable food system that does not deliver sufficient food for everyone is largely to blame. Plus government policies are piecemeal, uncoordinated and under-resourced. In addition, the food industry, which controls prices and availability of food, excludes small traders and farmers.
A national Food Act built from the bottom up with - communities facing hunger as the primary focus, is what is needed.— Xolani's thoughts as we recognize World Food Day
Image Courtesy of Oxfam.