18 MILLION 
SOUTH AFRICANS
GO TO BED HUNGRY
EVERY NIGHT

Access to adequate and nutritious food is at the core of one of South Africa’s most urgent human crises. Food inequality and poor nutrition have negatively impacted over half of South Africa’s children, resulting in malnutrition, high infant mortality, cognitive development delays, long-term disease (such as diabetes), a failure to thrive academically as well as many other social problems. 

Access to food is a constitutional right

In section 27(1)(b) of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa, it states that “everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water.”

SA Harvest believes that every South African has the right to sufficient, nutritious food – a foundation to living a dignified life. The right to food requires that food be available, accessible and adequate for everyone without discrimination at all times.

10 MILLION TONS
OF FOOD PRODUCED
EACH YEAR IN SOUTH AFRICA
GOES TO LANDFILL