Official Dialogue Feedback to the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit
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Driving Food System Transformation in South Africa via Agritourism Markets
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Rationale: Cuisine is widely recognised as a key ingredient in its worldwide attractiveness. This cultural asset can play a key role within South Africa’s tourism sector strategy while being a catalyst for promoting initiatives and practices crucial for sustainable food and agriculture development.
Value Proposition: The Agritourism market (driven largely by culinary tourism) is a dynamic growth sub-sector that can contribute to transforming Sub-Saharan Africa food systems on all three dimensions/measures of food system sustainability – economic, social, and environmental through the following pathways:
- Promoting relevant and innovative agriculture and tourism related enterprises (at the national and regional levels)
- Creating on- and off-farm jobs along the higher end of value chains, particularly in the services sector and for the youth and women
- Increasing local production and marketing of diverse and nutritious food crops/products
- Reshaping public sector policies and messaging on food safety/hygiene and nutritious food consumption
- Engendering conducive policy and business ecosystems
- Promoting regenerative agricultural practices and environmental conservation
Objectives: The dialogue will present practical case studies of agritourism activities to:
- Increase awareness and generate discussion among stakeholders on key market opportunities in the agritourism sub-sector to support all dimensions of food systems sustainability including food security & nutrition, sustainable job creation, and environmental conservation.
- Identify key policy and program interventions to support maximising agritourism market opportunities for transforming South Africa’s food system.
- Generate interest in establishing an informal AgriTourism Food Systems network for continued dialogue and action beyond the Summit.