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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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Post-doctoral fellow recognised for oral presentation excellence at IUFoST 2018

Dr. Dolapo A. Oladiran, a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences, University of Pretoria – supervised…

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Informal market meat not necessarily less hygienic than formal supply chain

“Despite not following hygiene regulations, meat slaughtered and sold in informal markets generally has lower levels of certain dangerous bacteria…

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Researchers combat the impact of metals in soils to improve crop production & food safety

Acid mine drainage changes the pH of our rivers, streams and soils and releases Vanadium Next time you use a…

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Various socio-economic factors must be addressed for SA to achieve food security

Food security is not just an agricultural matter, but rather is bound up in all the macroeconomic factors at play…

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Next Generation Food Safety Technologies, a Central Focus of the 2nd International Conference for Food Safety and Security  

The Conference line-up includes an impressive cohort of students and early career researchers – funded through the CoE The recent…

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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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Informal trade may hold the key to food security

Several research papers flowing from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security poke holes in some of the conventional wisdom that seems to inform all three levels of government policy regarding food security and informal traders.

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Food safety experts in Pretoria for International Food Safety Conference

Next Generation Food Technologies to Address Sustainable Development Goals - Prof Lise Korsten explains the goal of the 2nd International Conference for Food Safety and Security held in Pretoria

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Food hygiene important in fight against listeria bacteria

An independent study by the University of Pretoria’s food safety research group tested samples that revealed the bacteria was still prevalent in some foods.

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Policy certainty crucial to ensure ‘food security, thriving economy’

Policy certainty was needed now more than ever to enable the country to ensure food stability and allow for the agricultural sector to thrive and drive the economy. Professor Lise Korsten, convener of the conference, said they hoped it would strengthen community science that could provide practical real time solutions for the formal and informal sector.

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Policies needed for food security and nutrition

The challenge of food security has become increasingly complex. Internationally most countries are witnessing rising rates of overweight and obesity, with commensurate increases in diet-related non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.

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Student hunger an invisible crisis

A number of studies conducted at several South African universities over the past five years show that on average, nearly a third of students live with food insecurity. The actual numbers might be even higher since some students may be ashamed to admit that they are poor and hungry.

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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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What led to world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

What’s challenging about the pathogen that causes listeriosis? The pathogen – listeria monocytogenes – causes the deadly disease in nature and uses food…

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