Club society to launch initiative on food sovereignty
AS part of its three-year plan to make Wits the leading South African institution on food sovereignty issues, the Wits Inala Forum (WIF) will be launching a political education workshop on food sovereignty in April.
President of the Forum, Maricia Smith, told Wits Vuvuzela that, “This food sovereignty programme will also highlight how we can use green solutions like hydroponics and aquaponics on campus to grow food in an innovative way.”
Thomas Fraser, who is a member of the WIF team, said, “The aim of this project is to raise awareness around food security and climate justice, as well as links between them and other forms of struggle at a local, national and global scale.”
The project will benefit the Wits community by sharing knowledge about food systems, climate change and political and economic dynamics such as poverty, inequality and food security.
Smith said, “Wits Inala Forum is working with the Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO) and the Corporative Policy Alternative Centre (COPAC) in establishing a communal food kitchen at the Sanctuary on East Campus. All of our organic produce is given to the WCCO food bank for them to hand out with the food parcels.”
Fraser said a fundraising drive is under way for the opening of the communal kitchen.
“We hope to open the kitchen to WCCO volunteers in April,” Smith added.
Thamsanqa Thembani, a food security activist told Wits Vuvuzela that, “It is a great project to create awareness on food security among young people, who at times might be detached from such topics. I can’t wait to see the response from participants.”
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