The Paradox of Undernutrition and Obesity in South Africa: A Contextual Overview of Food Quality, Access and Availability in the New Democracy

25 Jan 2016 - 14:30

This chapter, part of a series on food policy titled, "Food Poverty and Insecurity: International Food Inequalities", addresses the following issues: (1) An overview of the historical context and the current socio-economic and political factors which shape food and nutrition security in South Africa. (2) An overview of the prevalence of over- and undernutrition in South Africa over the past few decades with special emphasis on the current situation. (3) How South Africa has constitutionally guaranteed every South African citizen “the right to have access to sufficient food, and the right to basic nutrition”, and how the State has adopted legislative measures to achieve progressive realisation of these rights. MORE INFO