“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.
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
Related Feed podcast episodes
Felipe Roa-Clavijo on "Feeding the village, nation, or world"
Klara Fischer on why "technology is not scale-neutral"
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