News & Comment

  • Friday, August 17, 2018
    The problem of food insecurity in South African universities is a reality – but is not well documented. There is a big need for research on the issue to be documented and made available – and for streamlining in terms of methodology. This was the view put forward by the University of Free State's Dr Lucia Meko on the final day of …
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    The Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI) 2017 ranks 34 countries across three pillars: sustainable agriculture; nutritional challenges; and food loss and waste.  South Africa ranks in the third quartile of the index in 19th place. However, the country has a score of 51 on its ability to address …
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    There is an under-reported, under-recognised crisis of “hidden hunger” among students on university campuses throughout South Africa. This was the key message on the first day of the two-day National Colloquium on Access to Food for Students in South African Tertiary Institutions, currently underway in Cape Town.  Studies of food …
  • Monday, August 6, 2018
    The Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE) congratulates Dr Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of GAIN, who, together with Dr David Nabaro, is the recipient of the 2018 World Food Prize (WFP). The award honours breakthrough achievements to alleviate hunger and promote global food security. It is awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation. …
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    Belt tightening has become common practice for anxious South African consumers who have, again, been accosted with warnings of steep food price increases. The situation is grim for homes but the bigger threat of food insecurity is lurking in the shadows. When responding to food price increases, households adjust their consumption patterns in a …
  • 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 …