Land is Life in South Africa

Food & climate change article written on the 29 Nov 2011

Putting good food on the table can be a challenge for all of us. But for many people around the world, it is a constant worry just having enough food to feed the family.

For the women of the Western Cape in South Africa, the lack of secure employment and access to land, as well as the impacts of climate change, are making feeding their families increasingly difficult.

Following on from our exhibition ‘Land is Life: Pacific’, which documented the impacts of climate change on the people of island nations Tuvalu and Kiribati, we recently travelled to South Africa to talk to women food producers.

‘Land Is Life: South Africa’ documents the stories of farming communities from the Western Cape of South Africa whose lives are being increasingly impacted by changing rainfall patterns and longer periods of drought.

Climate change impacts mean that these small-scale famers, many whom are women, are struggling to grow enough food to feed their families and earn an income. The latest research has stated that Sub-Saharan Africa can expect declines of 20-30% in crop yields over the next 70 years due to climate change.

Watch their stories above, or check out the photographic exhibition here.