Millions go hungry, accountability and public participation needed

by Ayanda Mkhwanazi —

healthyfood1This is according to a report on food security produced by by the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), that was launched yesterday (27 July).

“We need public awareness campaigns so that people can know their rights and be able to participate in the policies,” said Sasha Stevenson, an attorney at human rights organisation Section27, speaking at the launch.

“Right now, the different departments are operating alone but they need to include South Africans all over the country as it is their constitutional obligation,” she added.

The report found that government had not made a coordintated policy effort to end hunger and ensure the right to food and that accountability for delivery on this right is largely non-existent.

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