Despite South Africa producing enough food to feed its population, the country faces a food crisis that also affect the most vulnerable: our children. NIDS-CRAM data reported that just over one quarter of households (27%) contained a child had experienced hunger almost every day or every day the week before they were interviewed in April/May 2021.
Millions of children suffer malnutrition which is caused by shortages of vitamins and minerals in their diet. This has been the trend over the past 20 years. A 2022 United Nations Food Systems Profile found that the country is facing a ‘triple burden of malnutrition’, including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.
Malnutrition leads to stunting and just about one quarter of children under five (27%) were reported stunted as of 2016. The Child Support Grant that supports more than 12 million children (61% of all children), although crucial, has not adequately addressed child hunger.
What should business, the government and faith communities do to urgently address child hunger?
Watch Joanne Joseph and her panel of experts as they discussed the role of ethical leadership in addressing child hunger – business, government, and faith communities.