Covid-19: Reshaping food justice

What does the response to hunger during the pandemic reveal about political will around food justice? What can be done to ensure that the lessons learned are shaped into real solutions for the people of a post-Covid South Africa?

Isobel Frye is the founding director of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) in Johannesburg. Her background is in law and social policy with a focus on poverty and socio-economic rights in the South African context. SPII undertakes both primary and secondary research into poverty and social exclusions, and policy analysis in the field of anti-poverty policies, inequalities, socio-economic and constitutional rights and social protection.

Raj Patel is an award-winning author, film-maker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes (UHURU).

He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University. He has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to a wide range of news publications. He can be heard co-hosting the fortnightly food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy. He is currently completing a documentary project about the global food system.

Books: Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System (2007); The Value of Nothing (2010); and A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (co-written with Jason W. Moore) (2017).

Pontsho Pilane is an award-winning health journalist, media trainer and media studies lecturer.