News & Comment

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Two hundred and twenty-seven million of the world’s chronically hungry live in Africa. This translates to approximately 30% of this group globally. Seven out of ten people living in sub-Saharan Africa are farmers (compared to that of the United States, where the ratio is two out of a hundred.) Africa holds half of the world’s arable …
  • Monday, June 26, 2017
    “What do we do when we eat?” This may sound like a simple question, but its simplicity belies the importance and value that we attach to eating. There are social and cultural biases, religious prohibitions, as well as ethical concerns around the food we consume. Therefore any discussions about food security would be incomplete without …
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    Collaborative research involving local and international researchers has created an intervention strategy to help improve the diet and lifestyle of schoolchildren in South Africa. Referred to as TEARS (theory, education, application, research, satisfactory outputs), the intervention strategy aims to instill good lifestyle and eating habits …
  • Monday, June 19, 2017
    The agricultural sector is the world’s largest single employer. It provides jobs for more than 40% of the global population. It’s also the largest source of income and jobs for poor, rural households. It is, by and large, a successful sector. There have been huge improvements in yields and food production over the past five …
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
    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. Children are stunted when they don't grow at an adequate rate. The World Health Organisation has height standards for various age cohorts and defines stunting as a `height for age` value, which is less than …
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    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. Children are stunted when they don’t grow at an adequate rate. The World Health Organisation has height standards for various age cohorts and defines stunting as a “height for …
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme of the United Nations’ 10-Year Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) has endorsed the Organic Food System Programme (OFSP) as one of its eight  Core Initiatives. Organic food systems are posed as a model for sustainability and can serve as living …
  • Friday, June 2, 2017
    Discussions underway at the Fourth International Symposium on Postharvest Pathologysaw several presenters call for new approaches to address postharvest losses, and at the same time, argue against looking for ‘quick fixes’ to remedy food decay caused by postharvest pathogens.  Professor Dov Prusky from the Agricultural Research …
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
    The Fourth International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology opened at the Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp, 28 May 2017 with a little over 100 plant scientists, plant pathologists, postgraduate students and industry experts, converging at one of Africa’s premier wild life parks. The six-day Symposium will see local and international …
  • Monday, May 29, 2017
    IV International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology comes to South Africa    Novel technology, innovative and creative approaches are what South Africa needs to combat postharvest losses to reduce food waste. This is according to University of Pretoria based Professor Lise Korsten, co-director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in …