Expert urges food security in South Africa
Jul 18, 2011
South Africa needs to create an inclusive food economy, a UN human rights expert said during a visit to Pretoria last week. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, explained that the current organization of markets has inherited the inequality of apartheid, and that needs to be changed, the UN News Centre reports.
"South Africa is a champion of institutionalizing social, economic and cultural rights such as the human right to food, but it has yet to prove it can deliver results for 12 million poor food insecure people," De Schutter said.
While the South African Constitution lists the right to food in its bill of rights, the country has yet to build a food system that benefits the majority of the population.
De Schutter said that South Africa needs to create a food system that work to help newly established, poor, black farmers that don't have the well-defined access to markets that white commercial farmers have.
De Schutter's recommendations follow those of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks in Madrid, Spain, earlier this month. Ki-moon explainined how food security would help achieve the Millenium Development Goals such as ending hunger and poverty, ensuring environmental sustainability, gender equality, and improving sanity, among others.