The Food Safety research group of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security from the University of Pretoria, will take to the stage during the 4th Science Forum South Africa from 12 – 14 December 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria.

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Agricultural Research Council invite you to a distinguished lecture presented by Prof Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University and Research (WUR).

Join us at 10h30 on 18 May 2018 at the University of the Western Cape’s School of Government for the launch of A Feast From Nature – Food Culture of the First Humans on Planet Earth by Renata Coetzee.

The event forms part of Africa Day Celebrations at the University of the Western Cape.

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The book will be on sale at the launch. Can be ordered from from 15 May

Date & Time: 11 April 2018, 12h00 – 14h00

Presenter: Dr. Chelsie Yount-Andre, Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the CIRAD Research Institute in Montpellier, France.

This seminar considers processes of resource redistribution among transnational Senegalese families through the examination of everyday practices like food sharing and storytelling.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Senegalese households in Paris and Dakar, it asks how the families of Senegalese migrants in France manage diverse “economic moralities,” that is, normative expectations of material obligation and entitlement. It focuses particular attention on the ways that Senegalese children growing up in Paris become aware of multiple, sometimes contradictory, expectations that organize the ways that resources – be it money or food – circulate in French society and their transnational families. 

I first explore moral narratives common in West Africa surrounding the act of sharing food, tracing the language through which food sharing is connected to values like “hospitality” and “solidarity” and linked to broader acts of resource redistribution. Then, focusing on interactions in Senegalese households in Paris, I consider the ways that these moral discourses coexist with families’ efforts to demonstrate belonging in France by aligning themselves with French “national” values. Analysis of the ways that children in transnational families grapple with diverse expectations regarding how one should share snacks, give gifts, and otherwise support kin sheds light on the ways that transnational families negotiate their material obligations to relatives and navigate belonging in multiple national contexts. 

Another One’s Bread premiers on 11 January 2018 at the Market Theatre (Mannie Manim Theatre).

The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger will play out on stage at the Market Theatre from 10 January in a new theatre production written by renowned South African playwright, Mike van Graan (When Swallows Cry), and directed by award-winning veteran TV actress, Pamela Nomvete.

Described by Van Graan as “a dark comedy about funerals, feeding and faking”, Another One’s Bread serves up the complexities associated with acquiring food and nutrition using humour, fact and the downright outrageous.

The show runs at 20:15 Tuesdays to Saturdays and at 15:15 on Sundays. Tickets are available via Webtickets or from the Market Theatre’s box office 011-8321641.

One of the cast members, Faniswa Yisa, is an ambassador for a campaign to collect sanitary pads for young women who may not be able to afford these. We invite all those who will attend the show during its run till 4 Feb to purchase a box of sanitary pads and place it in the collection box at the entrance to the theatre.

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, political, social and technological drivers and supply chain systems to contribute to global food security. The conference will address the food system activities of production (crops, livestock) or harvesting (freshwater and marine sources), processing, distribution systems and consumption behavior and the synergies and trade-offs between economic, environmental, health and social objectives and outcomes. The conference will provide a cross cutting view of multiple disciplines and spatiotemporal scales of analysis to span the drivers, activities and outcomes of food systems to reflect on the broad challenge of food security.

Registration is now open!

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