BOAF Inducts Ms. Coretta Jonah to Africa’s 10,000 Points of Light.
“On behalf of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF), it is my pleasure to welcome Ms. Coretta Jonah (BOAF00425) to the prestigious 10,000 Points of Light (POL) being a community of individuals who are exhibit passion and dedication to addressing the issue of access to food for children,” said Mr Stanley Dube aka Wildfire Deejay host of the 1873 Drive.
Below is an Article by Ms Jonah talking about Right to food linked to the right to health (nutrition)
Despite the elevated position given food, South Africa records one of the highest levels of child malnutrition for a country with high economic strength; 27% of children under the age of five in South Africa are stunted. These high levels of child malnutrition pose a threat to the health and ultimately the development of children.
Health is an essential aspect for both human and community development for health is wealth, 13.8 million South Africans, comprising mainly of women and children fall below the national food poverty line.
The latest report by Statistics South Africa indicates that 12.2% of persons in the country face the threat of hunger. Hunger violates human dignity, is an obstacle to socioeconomic and political progress and closely linked with the attainment of other rights.
High levels of poverty and vast inequalities in South Africa makes it difficult for many citizens access food. Economic empowerment of the most vulnerable populations is critical for eliminating hunger.
Additionally, the high levels of childhood stunting, micronutrients deficiency and childhood obesity also confirm that absence of hunger does in no way imply adequate nutrition.
The consequence of inaction is that the most vulnerable members of our country; most of whom are women and children, are unable to realise this right.
The enshrined right to food does not guarantee proper nutrition as food and nutrition through intricately related are two different concepts. While food provides the energy we need as humans to stay alive; nutrients offer much more than energy, precisely those elements required to function correctly.
The constitutionally guaranteed right to food is silent on nutrition, and the law only implies the adequacy of the food we get to meet our nutritional need rather than explicitly stated.
As long as the nutrition dimension of the right to food is not expressly stated the adequacy of food provided is often left to the interpretation of providers of food. Finally, to be achieved rights must be backed by legislation which can be enforced. The lack of law and authority makes demanding action on this right extremely difficult.
Listen to the radio Conversation between Ms Johan and Wildfire Deejay below:
BOAF is a radio powered initiative that seeks to celebrate and showcase individuals that are doing good works that became the shining stars in their field of work and as such, Ms Johan is one individual that has become that shining star.
During the interview with Wildfire, Ms Johan said ” media is a key player when it comes to information dissemination and for that i thank you and your station for the opportunity and platform to share my works”.
Ms Jonah is in the Centre of Excellence in food Security School of Government Building at the University of the Western Cape.