There have been growing calls in civil society for the need to promote local food systems and short value chains as an alternative to the concentrated corporate food system. This has emerged particularly in the Covid-19 lockdown period which resulted in a disruption of the food system leaving millions of women, children and men unable to access their daily food requirements. The effects of the lockdown were well documented in media reports, and included: rising levels of child malnutrition with the closure of schools and the daily meal provided through feedings schemes, loss of formal and informal employment creating cash constraints for food purchases, increased prices of food creating affordability constraints for the poor, the closure of community spaza shops and street traders reducing access to food, and the disruption of small farmers’ markets as bakkie traders and street hawkers were compelled to stay at home.

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