Food security remains a persistent global challenge. Inequality means that food insecurity is
disproportionately experienced. Despite positive shifts in the state of food security at a global scale,
recent reports from the Food and Agricultural Organisation suggest that in Africa the total number of
undernourished people continues to increase. The paper argues that there is a certain “stuckness” in food
security responses. The mutually converging transitions of the urban transition, food regime shifts and
the nutrition transition demand different ways of understanding the food system, food security and the
components thereof, including value chains.
This work was partly supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development.
Haysom, G., 2016 Alternative food networks and food insecurity in South Africa, Working Paper 33. Cape Town: PLAAS, UWC and Centre of Excellence on Food Security.
Alternative food networks and food insecurity in South Africa