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We must shift from a charity economy to a rights economy to feed SA

Experts say radical but possible change and innovation are crucial, and Covid-19 has hastened the need

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Imagine repurposing our defunct factories as vertical food-growing rooms manned by retrenched workers, or our schools having agriculture and vegetable growing in the curriculum. Imagine a township youth culture in which it’s cooler to be a micro-farmer than a DJ.

Right now, the dominant images of food (in)security in SA are people queuing for kilometres for a plate of food as the sustained lockdown pushes families further into hunger and destitution.

Others have resorted to hijacking grocery-carrying cars and looting shops, and some of the country’s suburban “haves” are doing their bit by preparing food for distribution in poorer areas...

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