News & Comment

  • Friday, July 20, 2018
    A well-known South African family restaurant chain has grabbed headlines with a new breastfeeding policy that allows patrons to breastfeed freely in their venues. This is encouraging because the chain has been on list of large retail groups that have been publicly shamed for their “anti-breastfeeding” responses. The change of heart …
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
    Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director of the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by the University of Pretoria (UP), and an associate of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Well-being, has won the bid for the first five-year cycle of the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research …
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    There have been several vast improvements in the lives of South Africa’s children in recent years. Close to 90% of children now have access to electricity – up from 72% in 2003. About 12% of children live below the international poverty line of USD$ 1.25 a day, down from 43% in 2003. But amid this progress there are also striking …
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
    Laboratory research, currently underway at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), aims to provide an in-depth analysis of food contaminants in child-feeding practices that contribute to child malnutrition in South Africa. Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques, CoE researchers are examining the authenticity, safety …
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Despite clear interconnections between gender, hunger and poverty, the gendered dimensions of food security remain little explored in South Africa. “Most studies focus on food availability, access and use, without disaggregating nutrition status or food security data by sex,” so says Professor Yanga Zembe, project leader at the Centre …
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    On World Hunger Day, an overview of the country’s hungry people shows that South Africa’s social grants are just not enough for indigent families facing malnutrition. South Africa’s child support grant, introduced in 1998 with the objective of improving the wellbeing of young children, was intended to reduce malnutrition. But …
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
    Despite Donald Trump’s views about “African immigrants to the US”, the people of Africa have much to celebrate and be proud of, so said Professor Tyrone Pretorius, Rector of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in his welcome address during the 2018 Africa Day celebrations at UWC.    Despite ancient and new …
  • Monday, May 7, 2018
    Climate-resilient African grains came under the spotlight during the Sorghum in the 21st Century Conference, recently held in Cape Town. Co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP), the international conference brought together global experts to share insights and debate the importance of sorghum in Sub-Saharan Africa, and its …
  • Monday, April 23, 2018
    Food security and food safety do not feature strongly in the laws, policies, and programmes of most municipalities in South Africa.Where it does, it is mostly concentrated on food production, rather than facilitating access to safe food.  Research by Professor Jaap de Visser, an affiliate of the Centre of Excellence in Food …
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Africa has made great progress in the fight against malnutrition. Between 2000 and 2016 Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Cameroon and Angola reduced undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality by up to 56%. As a result of these countries’ efforts, the proportion of hungry people on the continent dropped from 27 …