Land & Food Security

Land and Food

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and foodpreferences for an active and healthy life.

Source: FAO

24 April 2017 to 12 May 2017
Joana Rocha Dias
Henrique Pires dos Santos
Sao Tome and Principe
Cape Verde
CPLP countries


13 December 2017
Latin America and the Caribbean

Buenos Aires, 13 dic ( – La persistente desigualdad continúa actuando como un freno poderoso al desarrollo de América Latina y el Caribe en general, y de sus áreas rurales en particular, señaló hoy el Representante Regional de la FAO, Julio Berdegué, en el Simposio sobre Comercio y Desarrollo Sostenible.

El simposio se desarrolla al margen de la 11a Conferencia Ministerial de la Organización Mundial del Comercio, en Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Por Silvia Martínez, Prensa Latina, 16 de diciembre de 2017

Roma (PL) El 2017 marcó un retroceso en la noble meta de hambre cero señalada por la ONU para 2030, al registrarse 38 millones de personas más en el ejército de los hambrientos del planeta comparado con 2016.

Reports & Research
June 2012
South Africa

Livelihood stressors in southern Africa, such as HIV/Aids and climate change, do not act in isolation but rather interact concurrently in complex socio-ecological systems with diverse, interrelated and compounded affects. Households experience differential vulnerability to such stressors based on contextual factors such as geographical location, income level and the gender and age of its members.

Policy Papers & Briefs
June 2017
South Africa

Local level, collective small-scale farming projects in the Kat River Valley, like elsewhere, have proven difficult to sustain.  Various factors from macro-level policies to local level social and political dynamics were found to hinder or block the success of such projects.  Some of the most challenging factors relate to history and path dependency, prevailing neoliberal agricultural policies and discourses, narrow markets, internal conflicts, lack of local capacity and unclear and insecure land tenure.

Policy Papers & Briefs
November 2015
South Africa

This policy brief draws on three sources of data from a study undertaken in Lesseyton in Lukanji Local Municipality and Willowvale in Mbashe Local Municipality, in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.The aim was to understand the vulnerability context of households in the two sites and how they coped with multiple shocks and stresses, with an emphasis on various types of safety nets. Methods included a survey that specifically targeted vulnerable households, data from several community workshops and in-depth life history interviews.

Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2016
South Africa

Whilst most interpret food insecurity to mean an insufficient quantity of food (as measured by the number of calories consumed), the widely accepted FAO definition considers four dimensions of food security, namely quantity, quality or diversity, access and use. Provision of enough calories on a daily basis is not sufficient if the diet lacks diversity and appropriate balance to provide the full range of minerals and vitamins necessary for proper health,or if the food available is culturally unacceptable.

Reports & Research
November 2014
South Africa

How can social grants be made to work better for households in rural Eastern Cape? Social grants have a positive impact on food security. Monthly food consumption expenditures increase when households receive grants. This study provides new insights by highlighting two key household characteristics, gender and education, in catalyzing or diminishing the effects of grants on household livelihood outcomes. Our analysis mainly focuses on impacts of pensions on household food security and labor supply of household members.

Reports & Research
March 2017
South Africa

Rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa are faced with multiple interconnected challenges such as population growth, environmental change, economic recession and climatic changes, amongst others. Such challenges can play a key role in determining vulnerability and food security, particularly for natural resource productdependent societies that have limited livelihood sources. Studies that consider understanding how society and ecosystems simultaneously interact and respond to new and exacerbated drivers are increasingly needed.

Peer-reviewed publication
October 2015
South Africa

This paper seeks to understand the drivers and pathways of local livelihood change and the prospects for transformation towards a more sustainable future. Data are used from several studies, and a participatory social learning process, which formed part of a larger project in two sites in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Secondary information from a wealth of related work is used to place our results within the historic context and more general trends in the country. Findings indicate that livelihoods in the rural Eastern Cape are on new trajectories.