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Food insecurity: Is South Africa at risk?

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3rd International Conference on Global Food Security
Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Elsevier’s 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security will take place from 3 – 6 December 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This conference is hosted in association with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, the Universities of the Western Cape and Pretoria. Global food security will require a holistic approach to address socio-political, natural, health, agricultural and food sciences to feed the 9 billion people. The food security challenge will must address the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. The Third International Conference on Global Food Security therefore aims to deliver critical analysis and innovative science that address the biggest threat ever faced by mankind. Discussion sessions will contribute to a better understanding of behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional,...

‘Another One’s Bread’ – Cape Town Premier
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue: AFDA Theatre, Observatory, Cape Town

Dates: 1 – 9 December 2017 (except Sunday 3 December) Time: 20h00 Another One’s Bread explores various themes related to hunger in the context of the relationships between four women – a retired teacher, a writer, an estate agent and an unemployed young woman.  Like every other theme in South Africa, hunger intersects with a range of other issues – gender, class, apartheid’s spatial geographies, education and corporatisation of services to name but a few.  What keeps these disparate women together is their membership of THE SUBSTITUTES, a group of professional mourners, hired to provide mourning or mourning-related services at funerals. Another One’s Bread is a dark comedy that takes its title from the Afrikaans expression “een man se dood is ‘n ander man se brood” (one person’s death is another person’s...

Food Politics and Cultures Festival: A Festival of the Arts, Humanities and...
Date: November 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: District Six Museum

Hosted by the Food Politics and Cultures Project within the Centre of Excellence on Food Security at UWC, the festival brings together intellectual activists, scholars, students and artists to generate interdisciplinary conversations about and responses to the socio-political implications of food items, foodwork and food consumption. The festival will challenge the rigid and technical models that usually frame activism and scholarship about food, land and agrarian studies, and will focus on multidimensional, interdisciplinary and creative responses to and dynamic conversations about the myriadfacets of food in our lives. Food is central to our day-to-day experiences of physical survival, pleasure and work. Yet scholarship rarely confronts this adequately, even though we live at a time when corporate capitalism controls the choices we make about food and how...

Violations of the labour rights of farm women in Western Cape and...
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue: PLAAS Boardroom, UWC

Presenters: Prof Stephen Devereux, Research Fellow, IDS, University of Sussex & Affiliate at Centre of Excellence in Food Security, UWC and Colette Solomon, Director of Women on Farms Project  Under apartheid, farm workers in South Africa had negligible legal protection and were subjected to human rights violations that included physical assaults, child labour, inhumane living conditions and evictions without notice. Since 1994, efforts to redress such injustices include the promulgation of a progressive Constitution and specific legislation, including the Sectoral Determination for Farm Workers. Nonetheless, farm workers continue to suffer illegal evictions, poor housing conditions and poor working conditions, while government does not effectively enforce legislation by taking action against non-compliant farmers. In this context, Women on Farms Project commissioned a research study into the nature...

Roundtable Discussion on Access to Food for Students in South African Tertiary...
Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 08h30 -15h00
Venue: Room 1B, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

The Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, invites you to a roundtable discussion that brings together a cross-section of key stakeholders including lawyers, economists, public health practitioners, policymakers, food security experts, private sector representatives, government department representatives, chapter nine institutions, researchers, academics and student representatives, for in-depth engagement in the realisation of access to food for students in South African tertiary institutions. RSVP: Ms. Keathélia Sapto | ksapto@uwc.ac.za |+27 (21) 959 2951/3708

FAO representative to present seminar at UWC
Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue: New Life Sciences Auditorium

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security in partnership with PLAAS, invites you to a presentation by Ms Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, Deputy Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Ikeda- Larhed will deliver a presentation on the FAO’s work and FAO’s internship, volunteering and fellowship programmes, as well as knowledge sharing and e-learning with UWC students and faculty members. The FAO is the United Nations Specialised Agency working with diverse partners, including academia and research institutes, towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which are SDG1 tackling Poverty and SDG2 which focuses on eliminating Hunger. DATE:  Friday 22 September 2017 TIME: 12h00 – 13h00 RSVP: ndidiza@uwc.ac.za. A light lunch will be served.

SASAS 50th Congress
Date: September 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth

The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) will host its 50thCongress themed: “Golden Innovations for Sustainable Animal Agriculture”. The four day congress will take place at the Boardwalk Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, from 18th -21st September 2017. See the SASAS website for more information.

SAAFoST Congress 2017: Registration open!
Date: September 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town

A feast of food science and technology Cape Town is the place to be for the upcoming Congress in September, where SAAFoST will welcome world-class local and international speakers. The South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) will hold its 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition from 3-6 September 2017 at the state of the art Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town. Congress theme The theme of the congress, “A hunger for change: innovations, solutions and emerging technologies” will form a framework to explore solutions to the many challenges that food professionals face in the mission to provide a sustainable supply of safe, satisfying and healthy food. Scientific programme and trade show The programme is designed to cover topical and important issues affecting our profession...

The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation.