News & Comment

  • Monday, October 16, 2017
    In commemoration of World Food Day, Professor Julian May, director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), shares insights on understanding the nature of the problem of food security, and how it could be addressed in South Africa.   Listen to summary podcast here  Food …
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
    Researchers affiliated to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE) have found a hidden economy thriving on our landfill sites. All over South Africa, small communities of ‘waste pickers’ have created livelihoods by scavenging recyclables, food and potentially useful items off of rubbish dumps. An interdisciplinary …
  • Friday, September 29, 2017
    Local and international food scientists, experts, students and members of industry gathered at the South African Association for Food Science and Technology's (SAAFoST2017) international congress, recently held in Cape Town.  Themed "A hunger for change: innovations, solutions and emerging technologies,"  the three-day event …
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    The Centre of Excellence in Food Security’s co-director, Professor Lise Korsten, walked away with the Human Capital Development in the Water and Science Sector, at the Water Research Commission’s 3rd Biennial Knowledge Tree Awards recently held in Johannesburg. The Awards recognise excellence in research and innovation that impacts …
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    A new feature published on the University of Pretoria's (UP) 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 (CoE), which is co-hosted by UP and the University of the Western Cape. …
  • Friday, September 8, 2017
    More than 23 years into democracy, the legacy of apartheid remains visible across all spheres of society, including the academic and science workforce. It is within this context that the 2017 DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Director's Forum (CDF2017) – hosted at the Nelson Mandela University Business School – focused on transformation …
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    The 2017 edition of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) annual Directors Forum kicked of today – 31 August 2017 – at the Nelson Mandela University Business School in Port Elizabeth.  The theme for this year’s Directors’ Forum is “Triumvirate Transformation in the CoEs” with special …
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    A ‘useful understanding’ of how food insecurity is experienced and how it can be addressed, is hampered by the large number of interpretations of how best to evaluate and measure it. This is according to a new study published by PLOS ONE on 22 August 2017. The study – a web-based systematic review – was funded by the DST- …
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Researchers, activists and students have gathered at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) for a two day colloquium to discuss challenges facing the South African and African food system. The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation. …
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing. Across Africa, many governments and international development agencies are promoting large-scale land titling as the solution. In the South African context, some commentators …