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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Maureen Thompson
Sport and Human Dynamics
social movement, local food, sustainability
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Local food has recently arisen as a social movement, a diet, and an economic strategy. While the concept is abstract, it is characterized by an emphasis on organic production, conscious consumption, and the convergence of the farm and table. In Cape Town, South Africa, efforts exist across a wide variety of businesses, organizations and communities defined geographically, socially, and economically. This study explores the role of local food initiatives in sustainable community development with a focus on the notions of food sovereignty, community capacity, and social capital. It aims to compare diverse schemes in the movement to identify commonalities in goals, principles, and impact. Through a series of in-depth interviews, conversations with participants, and observations of community gardens, markets, and other food-focused organizations, findings suggest that such initiatives empower community development, economically and socially, through principles of food sovereignty, social capital and education.
Bradley, Megan, "Growing Food and Community: An Exploration of Local Food Initiatives in Cape Town, South Africa" (2015). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 875.
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