News & Comment

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
    10 January - 4 February 2018, The Market Theatre, Johannesburg  The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger will play out on stage this month, in a new theatre production written by renowned South African playwright, Mike van Graan, and directed by award-winning veteran TV actress, Pamela Nomvete. Described by Van …
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018
    South Africa needs to find ways to bring back traditional foods, to make them hip and attractive again to help fight malnutrition and food insecurity.  That was the call on the final day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town from Professor Gyebi Duodu, associate professor of food chemistry and food …
  • Friday, December 29, 2017
    By the admission of the three speakers taking part in the debate on social protection – the closing session on third day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security – the ‘debate’ wasn’t nearly as adversarial as they had perhaps made it out to be. But that, explained Professor Stephen Devereux, was …
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017
    Opinion - Stephen Devereux  At the Global Food Security conference recently held in Cape Town, Julian May (Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security) convened a discussion on ‘Difficult Partnerships’, in response to a pre-conference controversy around Elsevier accepting sponsorship from Nestlé for the …
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    A custom-designed “Farmer Outreach” truck which is fully equipped to travel to far-flung rural areas throughout South Africa to help farmers to find agricultural solutions; in their own backyard;  A system of genotyping to check whether meat samples are what they say they are; a programme of national cultivar evaluations for grain …
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
    Many South Africans are going hungry. At the same time obesity rates are rising. This is unsurprising - both are forms of malnutrition and tend to go together. The coexistence of poverty and obesity is a global phenomenon. Poverty leads to food deprivation and under-nutrition, which in extreme cases leads to stunting. Research suggests that under- …
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security concluded in Cape Town on 6 December 2017 at the CTICC 2 –  where more than 600 delegates from across 60 countries were gathered to debate and explore a packed programme tackling various issues related to food insecurity, under the theme: Global Challenges, Local …
  • Monday, December 11, 2017
    The speakers at the plenary session on Plant Health for Food Security – speaking at the end of the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town on 3 – 6 December 2017 – did not have the most comforting news for delegates. Approaching the topic from different angles, with occasional …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Food prices need to rise, so farmers can be fairly reimbursed. Then the money from the subsidies they will no longer need to make a decent living can be repurposed to take care of the poor.  That was the provocative view expressed by Dr Hans Herren, president of the Millennium Institute and founder and chairman of the Biovision Foundation, …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Shocking levels of food waste in South Africa, where one-third of all food produced is dumped while 14 million people go hungry, has prompted the government to investigate the efficacy of existing date labelling.  Misunderstanding of expiry dates on foods is a major factor contributing to the country’s extreme levels of food waste, …