Sustainable Food Cultures: How our appetites can transform our cities

As part of ICLEI Africa’s #AfricanCityFoodMonth 2021 campaign, the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust shared insights and experiences from its work on the building blocks for a food culture that meets people’s nutritional needs and centers agency, independence, sustainability, resilience and autonomy. The session, titled Sustainable Food Cultures: How our appetites can transform ourContinue reading “Sustainable Food Cultures: How our appetites can transform our cities”

Cape Town-Aachen joint edition of the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability launched; features two projects of the SA Urban Food and Farming Trust

Thursday 24 June 2021, the City of Cape Town and the City of Aachen launched the joint edition of the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability to mark the 20th anniversary of the Aachen–Cape Town LA21 Partnership. The publication seeks to inspire and support urban responses to sustainability challenges for the benefit of communities and theContinue reading “Cape Town-Aachen joint edition of the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability launched; features two projects of the SA Urban Food and Farming Trust”

DG Murray Trust issues a new Learning Brief drawing on lessons from the 2020 Food Dialogues.

How can we create a more inclusive, fair and sustainable food system? Food Dialogues 2020 sponsor and partner, DG Murray Trust, drew on the lessons of the Food Dialogues in preparing a Learning Brief to help others drive systems change in our food system and beyond. The SA Urban Food & Farming Trust is gratefulContinue reading “DG Murray Trust issues a new Learning Brief drawing on lessons from the 2020 Food Dialogues.”

SAUFFT selects Chuma Mgcoyi as 2021 EESI Entrepreneur

Permaculturist, facilitator and spoken word artist Chuma Mgcoyi has been selected as the 2021 EESI Entrepreneur by the SA Urban Food and Farming Trust. Her project aims to promote, enable and support cultivation of diverse indigenous perennial food and medicinal crops by existing urban food gardeners in Langa, in order to link environmental stewardship withContinue reading “SAUFFT selects Chuma Mgcoyi as 2021 EESI Entrepreneur”

PENUMBRA interview with SAUFFT Executive Manager, Kurt Ackermann

Penumbra, the online climate change compendium curated by noted artist, Paul Edmunds, published an interview with the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust’s Executive Manager and Trustee, Kurt Ackermann. The interview, subtitled “Nutritional Values,” ranges widely, touching on the role of urban agriculture, nutrition, agrarian communities, the real cost of food, and carbon cycles, asContinue reading “PENUMBRA interview with SAUFFT Executive Manager, Kurt Ackermann”

International Civil Society Centre’s Innovation Report 2020

The SA Urban Food & Farming Trust is included as a case study in the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC) Innovation Report 2020, one of 14 from around the world focussed on innovations for inclusive solutions that support marginalised communities in cities. The ICSC characterises the case studies as “best practices among international and localContinue reading “International Civil Society Centre’s Innovation Report 2020”

New book highlights Cape Town’s urban social agriculture as catalyst for improved quality of life

A chapter of the new book, Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability, highlights the catalytic role of urban agriculture on public land to improve quality of life. Featuring two projects of the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust and co-authored by our executive manager, Kurt Ackermann, this case study looks at the spatial aspectsContinue reading “New book highlights Cape Town’s urban social agriculture as catalyst for improved quality of life”

The Big Issue: Food Sustainability Issue

The Big Issue South Africa for October-November is out, guest edited by two of our trustees, Sheryl Ozinsky and Kurt Ackermann. This special issue is focussed on food sustainability, in which the question “can a city feed itself?” is the connecting theme. In addition to pieces penned by Sheryl and Kurt, enjoy thoughtful articles fromContinue reading “The Big Issue: Food Sustainability Issue”

Announcement: Food Dialogues Report Released

Today, World Food Day, marks the launch the 2020 Food Dialogues Report. This comes six years after the first Food Dialogues took place in 2014, which we organised to begin an exchange of ideas that could sow the seeds of change to challenge ‘conventional orthodoxy’ relating to the food system. In the years since weContinue reading “Announcement: Food Dialogues Report Released”