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Title:The Development of Food Security Policy for South Africa (SAFSP): A Consultative Process
Author:Makhura, Moraka T.
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:food policy
agricultural policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Abstract:Recognizing the need for rapid delivery, and that the existing White Paper on Agriculture provided broad guidelines only, South Africa's Minister of Agriculture initiated a policy development process to provide a clear framework to guide government departments in their work. In October 1996, food security was identified as one of the priority areas requiring urgent attention. Given the particular nature of the South African economy, it was understood from the outset that food security was a multidisciplinary issue, which required a policy framework beyond the confines of agriculture. The first step of the Food Security Policy for South Africa (SAFSP) is the result of the efforts of the Food Security Working Group (FSWG) responsible for the preparation of the 'Discussion document on food security policy' (1997). This paper describes the process involved in developing the food security policy, and further outlines some strategic measures to achieve food security. The paper presents the history and concept for developing SAFSP; discusses the process that resulted in the SAFSP discussion paper; and provides an outline of the contents of the discussion document and policy proposals. The paper is based on the practical experience of the author as member of the FSWG. App., bibliogr., note, sum.