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SONA and budget suggests that food security desperately low on the national agenda

Food security received only two passing references in the SONA Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and not a single mention…

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Listeriosis rocks Tshwane!

The interactive play vividly captured the emotions surrounding unfolding events during the listeria outbreak Listeria Hysteria, a short play jointly…

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Group gets up close and personal with city’s food system

One of the first stops on the CoP’s field trip was the expansive Philippi Horticultural Area, home not only to…

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Organic & Natural Food Systems – Imperative for Climate Change

Uganda has two million organic farmers, 200 000 of whom are certified as organic producers, which qualifies them to sell…

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Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?

Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green…

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Listeria Hysteria on the menu at Science Forum South Africa 2018

SFSA is a powerful public platform through which to facilitate debate about the role of science in society, by “making science accessible…

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“When you take pills you must eat”- Study explores food, HIV and ART adherence among older people living with HIV

As far as it is known, this study is the first to explore food insecurity and hunger among older South…

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Participatory Visual Methods can contribute to Food Security research

  One of the benefits of this form of research is that the research participants can have a sense of…

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‘Systems thinking’ can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

Different countries have set different limits for aflatoxins in groundnuts, varying from four parts per billion to twenty parts per…

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Food security low on the national agenda

Food security received only two passing references in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and not a single mention in the budget speech by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, on 20 February.

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‘Warning signs’ in store to indicate what’s in your food

The food industry often conceals the unhealthy products in its processed foods – even manipulating science to fool consumers. Now the government is planning to introduce warning signs on food to help us to navigate what we are eating.

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SONA, budget ‘suggest food security is low on national agenda’

We are failing miserably at making sure that more, if not all, of our households are able to put enough food on their tables, academics say.

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Food security ‘low on national agenda’

Research indicates that about 54% of South African house-holds still experienced either hunger or the risk of hunger, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security said. Despite this, food security received only two passing references in the State of the Nation Address two weeks ago and not a single mention in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Budget speech 2019, said professor Julian May (UWC), Dr Jane Battersby (UCT), Prof Rina Swart (UWC) and Dr Bruno Losch (GovInn Centre, UP/UWC). The four are executive and research members of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, which is hosted by UWC and the University of Pretoria.

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Experts: SONA, budget speech suggest food security low on national agenda

The latest available research indicated that about 54% of South African households still experienced either hunger or the risk of hunger, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security said via a statement on Wednesday. Despite this, food security received only two passing references in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) two weeks ago and not a single mention in finance minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech

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Organic & Natural Food Systems – Imperative for Climate Change

For the past six years Prof Auerbach has been doing long-term comparative organic farming systems trials with his agroecology master’s research group at the University’s George Campus, and the NRF-funded African Organic Farming Systems Research project with doctoral students in several African countries.

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Food insecurity affecting elderly living with HIV in townships

Poor nutrition and food insecurity are potential barriers to elderly people living with HIV in Langa and Khayelitsha taking antiretroviral treatment (ART) effectively.

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Odds stacked against smallholder farmers to reach goals set by government

The corollary of farm consolidation is increasing job losses. Apart from job losses, the quality of agricultural jobs is deteriorating and far from decent, as a report commissioned by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security  highlights.

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SA hosts global conference on food safety, security

A conference on food security hosted by the University of Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria, the Human Sciences Research Council, the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security kicked off on Monday to discuss technologies in the sector.

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SONA and budget suggests that food security desperately low on the national agenda

Food security received only two passing references in the SONA Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and not a single mention…

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Odds stacked against smallholder farmers to reach goals set by government

Plans outlined in key government documents to simultaneously establish a new cohort of smallholder farmers, drastically increase farming jobs and…

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Informal trade may hold the key to food security

Despite the fact that more than 60% of South Africans are now urbanised, SA’s official approach to food security pays…

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Policies needed for food security and nutrition

The challenge of food security has become increasingly complex South Africa has high levels of hunger and food insecurity.  It also…

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Obesity and economic status: what we found in Kenya’s slums

Conditions in Kenya’s slums like Mathare are not conducive to healthy life choices. EPA/Daniel Irungu Africa is experiencing a demographic and…

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South Africa’s university students face a crisis: nearly a third go hungry

Students are more vulnerable to food insecurity. Sayan Puangkham/Shutterstock   There is a common perception that students represent the elite, and…

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Belt tightening practices could wreck long term health

When responding to food price increases, households adjust their consumption patterns in a number of ways by scrimping and saving….

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South Africa is starting to accept public breastfeeding. But change is slow

Breastfeeding has been shown to have wide ranging benefits. Shutterstock   A well-known South African family restaurant chain has grabbed headlines…

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South Africa must focus on its kids to meet UN development goals targets

South Africa needs to invest more in early childhood development.US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart   There have been several…

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