News & Comment

  • 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 …
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Maize and sorghum are staple foods for many African countries and are major sources of calories and some micronutrients for humans and animals. When combined with legumes such as the common bean, cowpea and peas, they supply these nutrients in a form that ensures high-quality protein diets for humans and animals. However, drought impacts …
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    A Caesar salad of lettuce, croutons and cheese can be deceptively unhealthy, depending on how much fat is in the mayonnaise dressing going on top. Dollops of this popular condiment can contain up to 75% fat. Is it possible to produce a healthier yet still tasty mayonnaise? Researchers affiliated to the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), …
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
    South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deathsto date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor Candice Bailey spoke to Prof Lise Korsten about the challenges around food safety in the country. What’s challenging about the pathogen that causes listeriosis? The pathogen – …
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    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. …
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    The University of Pretoria in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, the Human Sciences Research Council, the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Food Safety and Security from 15 - 17 October 2018 at the St George's …
  • Monday, January 15, 2018
    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- …
  • Friday, January 12, 2018
    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 …