FEATURED Story

Food insecurity: Is South Africa at risk?

Coe Articles


coe in the news


comment & opinion


coe articles

Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods

From Left: Sisiphiwo Dingana with Plant Biotechnology Research Group collaborators – Dr Marshall Keyster and Prof Ndiko Ludidi of UWC,…

read
Supermarkets and informal township entrepreneurs locked in symbiotic but uncomfortable relationship

The concentration of formal retailers within the confines of the precinct area does not seem to be having a positive…

read
EU/African task force proposes new way ahead for African rural development

Dr Bruno Losch, co-director of GovInn and PI at the CoE-FS was part of an international task force commissioned by…

read
Why SA’s food security policies have not lived up to their promise

A study by Dr Sandra Boatemaa (pictured) and colleagues Dr Laura Pereira and Dr Scott Drimie have pointed to why…

read
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…

read
Listeriosis rocks Tshwane!

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

read
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…

read
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…

read
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…

read

coe in the news

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.

read
‘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.

read
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.

read
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.

read
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

read
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.

read
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.

read
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.

read
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.

read

comment & opinion

Right to food is linked to the right to health and adequate nutrition

Hunger violates human dignity, is an obstacle to socioeconomic and political progress and is closely linked with the attainment of…

read
‘O jewa ke eng?’ – Hunger on our Campuses

Section 27 of the Constitution guarantees the right to have access to food for everyone. Why then do we have…

read
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…

read
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…

read
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…

read
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…

read
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…

read
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…

read
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….

read

Upcoming Events

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Future of Farm Workers in South Africa –...
Date: October 16, 2019
Venue: University of the Western Cape

Farm workers are an integral component of the economy and the food system in South Africa. Yet they are invariably poor, food insecure, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation. Pro-farm worker legislation since 1994 has provided some protection, but it has also been associated with violations of labour rights and an accelerating pace of evictions and casualisation. Moreover, because agricultural employment is concentrated at specific times of year, seasonal farm workers face an under-reported crisis of underemployment and seasonal hunger.

The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation.