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Podcast: Leonie Joubert Discusses Food Security in Southern Africa with Bruce Whitfield

The Hungry SeasonLeonie Joubert recently talked to Bruce Whitfield on 567 Cape Talk, about her book The Hungry Season. Joubert said when she started the book she realised that when it came to food security most people only think of it in terms of what happens to commercial farmers and aren’t aware of the other factors. With South Africa’s population mostly in urban areas, it is important to look at how food secure people actually are, as food production is no longer directly linked to the land.

She visited eight families in different urban contexts in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and ask questions about how and why food reaches certain areas and how people access it. She found that the modern food complex that provides us with cheap highly processed but nutrient-poor foods is problematic.

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The podcast was also featured and discussed on Future Cape Town:

Our #CityTalk last week which crowdsourced ideas under the heading “Food and the City”, looked at various ways and ideas in which food security, urban farming, economic growth, food wastage and many other food factors impacted cities.

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