Western Cape Food Forum evolves

In April 2020, the EDP facilitated the formation of the Western Cape NGO-Government Food Relief Forum, in response to the urgent need for coordinated food relief in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. As at December 2020, the economic consequences of Covid-19 are still being felt everywhere. While the need for immediate food relief may have abated, there is still a compelling case to be made for restructuring the food system to help address the inequities exposed during the pandemic.

The Food Relief Forum has therefore evolved, and the Western Cape Food Forum (which still consists of a broad range of stakeholders in the public and private sector, as well as civil society}, is now focused on :

  • Bridging the gaps between diverse stakeholders in the food and nutrition system.
  • Promoting joint action and implementation between stakeholders.
  • Prioritising relationships with the public sector, and creating an enabling environment for community-led initiatives.
  • Continuing with food relief coordination aimed at vulnerable populations, and with food relief and vulnerability data mapping.

The Forum met three times during the last quarter of 2020. Each meeting generated a full report (below), and together they chart the progress of the evolution of the Forum.