• Hidden economy flourishing on local landfill sites

    CoE study examined the small communities of ‘waste pickers’ who have created livelihoods by scavenging recyclables, food and other useful items off the rubbish dumps.
  • Waste pickers save councils R700m a year – study

    A study by a team led by CoE affiliate and UWC's Professor Rinie Schenck has found that waste pickers save South African municipalities about R700 million every year.
  • How safe is the food on your plate?

    A new feature published on the University of Pretoria’s Research Matters website focuses on the work by a team of researchers led by Professor Lise Korsten, who leads the food safety research programme at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security
  • Informal sector businesses must be incorporated into retail space

    Implementing relevant policies would help ease the legal and technical processes for introducing informal businesses into the grocery retail space. This was a recommendation from a submission by The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and PLAAS, to the `Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry`
  • Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

    The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, in partnership the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at UWC
  • Inquiry aims to protect township business

    Inquiry into the grocery retail sector presents an opportunity to begin to look for ways to tackle the challenges faced by informal traders
  • Supermarkets’ capture must fall‚ Competition Commission hears

    “Our submission argues that formal sector grocery retail is distorting food economies‚” said SLF director and CoE affiliate Dr Leif Petersen.
  • Future of Africa depends on agriculture

    Africa holds half the world’s arable land, yet the continent has to rely on imports and food aid to feed itself, writes Prof Frans Swanepoel
  • How South Africa Can Fix the Fact That One in Four of Its Children Go Hungry

    The most recent data shows that 27.4% of South African children under the age of five are too short for their age or suffer from stunting, writes Professors Stephen Devereux and Julian May
  • Chronically hungry children of SA need full plates and not empty words

    In an excellent article first published in The Conversation on the effect of poverty on children, Julian May and Stephen Devereux point out in no uncertain terms that, in fact, one in every four children in South Africa go hungry each day.