Food Politics Panel Discussion

A Talk by Florian Kroll, Henriette Abrahams, Gareth Haysom, Rirhandzu Marivate and Chuma Mgcoyi
DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, Bonteheuwel Community Forum, African Centre for Cities, Living Soils Community Learning Farm and ERF 81" The Farm " / Tyisa Nabanye

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About this talk

A live panel discussion moderated by Florian Kroll, building on the talks by Henriette Abrahams, Funmilola Adeniyi, Gareth Haysom, Rirhandzu Marivate and Chuma Mgcoyi. The panel discussion will focus on common issues across the Food and Politics theme, and how the topics indicate similar or divergent risks, opportunities and needs. We encourage viewers to ask questions for Florian to put to the experts, as well as to discusss with others tuned in, in the live chat. This set of themed panel discussions will be recorded for viewing by those who could not join the livestream.

Themes covered by this talk

Henriette Abrahams

Henriette Abrahams is the chairperson of the Bonteheuwel Development Forum working on issues around safety, health, and food security. Henriette is an activist with over 30 years of experience in the NGO sector.

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.

Rirhandzu Marivate

Rirhandzu Marivate is the project manager for the Living Soils Community Learning Farm, that is situated in the Lynedoch Valley, Stellenbosch. The project helps address issues of local food insecurity by contributing to feeding 200 vulnerable children that attend various SI educational programmes, through their feeding scheme, as well as at-risk families in the Lynedoch Valley while providing a training platform for young farmers of colour from the local Stellenbosch community.

Chuma Mgcoyi

Chuma is a food activist that wants to build sustainable livelihoods within the occupation that she currently resides in. She currently hopes to contribute to building food sovereignty within the City, through actively being part of Local movements such as the Food Sovereignty campaign which is part of alliances like La Via campesina globally and with other partners

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