Food security in South Africa : status quo and policy imperatives

Show simple item record Hendriks, Sheryl L. 2014-07-15T11:56:40Z 2014
dc.description.abstract Although the term itself was only developed in the 1970s, food security has played a central role in policies that have shaped the history of South Africa from the 17th century. As with the changing international interpretation of food security over the past four decades, South African food security determinants have been interpreted differently by different ruling authorities and governments over three centuries. The Natives Land Act of 1913 played a significant role in determining the food security context of the country in terms of the character, composition and contribution of the agricultural sector, shaped consumption patterns and determined rural livelihoods. While food security is expressed as a national objective in a plethora of strategies and programmes, no formal evaluation has been carried out of the food security impact of these programmes, and there is a dire lack of coordination and no enforceable policy to ensure food security. Any national food security policy will need a framework of enforceable legislative measures and statutory coordination and reporting. This article explores the current national and household food security and nutrition situation in South Africa, and it offers recommendations for a comprehensive food security policy. en_US
dc.description.embargo 2015-02-28
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sheryl Hendriks (2014) Food security in South Africa: Status quo and policy imperatives, Agrekon: Agricultural Economics Research, Policy and Practice in in Southern Africa, 53: 2, 1-24, DOI:10.1080/03031853.2014.915468. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0303-1853 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-0400 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/03031853.2014.915468
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa © Taylor and Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Agrekon, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 1-24, 2014. doi : 10.1080/03031853.2014.915468. Agrekon is available online at : en_US
dc.subject Food security en_US
dc.subject Food security policy en_US
dc.subject Agriculture policy en_US
dc.title Food security in South Africa : status quo and policy imperatives en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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