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Ep28: Busiso Moyo on the Right to Food

Episode summary

“Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food” is written in the South African constitution. But how is that implemented, and who is responsible for making that a reality? Scholar-activist Busiso Moyo grapples with what a 'right to food’ actually looks like in practice. In our conversation, he shares why he sees the right to food as a valuable framework for building a just food system. We also cover various aspects of power in the food system including: agenda-setting power; the power of corporations; the power of paradigms; and who has power along the value chain.

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About Busiso Moyo

Busiso Moyo is an activist scholar and development sociologist with a PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. His background is in civil society and he is a human rights advocate invested in Right to food struggles. 


Background reading and resources

Busiso Moyo recommends

Event recording: Realizing the right to food in South Africa (2022)

Video: On the future of the South African system and food system transformation (South African Food Lab, 2015)


Publications by Busiso Moyo

Article: Fulfilling the Right to Food for South Africa: Justice, Security, Sovereignty and the Politics of Malnutrition (Moyo, 2020)

Article: Wakanda Phambili!: African Science Fiction for Reimagining the Anthropocene (Pereira, Lavery, Moyo and Selomane, 2021)

Op-ed: The right to food in South Africa: We need a manifesto for food justice (Moyo, 2019)


Related TABLE resources

What is food sovereignty? (Carlile, Kessler and Garnett 2021)

What is food security? (Fraanje and Lee-Gammage, 2018) and other TABLE Explainers



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