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Climate threats spark exciting research into drought tolerant crops

In Africa, and globally, food crops are expected to be under much increased threats over the next couple of decades…

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Slew of food-related ‘pandemics’ await in the wake of COVID-19

National and global food systems are not working for the billions around the world who suffer from hunger and malnutrition….

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Change is necessary for South Africa’s food system

The maxim that the only constant in life is change, an expression whose origins is credited to Ancient Greek philosopher…

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Activists & academics call for food system transformation to end hunger

On World Food Day (16 October), academics and activists will debate and share and share insights on the impact of the…

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It’s absurd that food insecurity co-exists alongside food waste

Food loss occurs at various points along the food production and distribution chain, with consumers accounting for only 5% of…

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People are hungry: Remove bureaucratic red tape limiting access to food

The Southern Africa Food Lab notes with concern indications in the media and from first hand reports that government is acting…

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South Africa’s social welfare net in need of reinforcement

If a BIG was a fringe idea before 2020, the fallout from the COVID-19 lockdown has added urgency to the…

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Make COVID-19 emergency relief measures permanent, social protection experts urge

Social protection experts have called on the South African government to make the COVID-19 emergency relief measures permanent from October,…

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The post-COVID future for South Africa’s women remains unclear

The spread of the coronavirus appears to be on the wane in many places, including South Africa. How will the…

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People encouraged to grow their own food as poverty & hunger levels increase

In a webinar hosted by the UWC’s Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies and the Centre of Excellence in Food Security under the theme: Food is our right - the struggle for equitable food systems, it was highlighted how the lockdown further aggravated hunger in poor households.

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Activists protest against growing hunger in a land of plenty

Friday, 16 October, was World Food Day. For activists across South Africa and the world, the day was an opportunity to highlight the plight of hungry and undernourished people, a crisis which has been globally exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Postpartum depression and stress diminish the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding in SA

Breast milk plays a vital role in reducing child mortality. It has all the nutrients a baby needs in the first six months of life and its health benefits extend into adulthood. This is why organisations, like UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO), recommend exclusive breastfeeding – no other food or drink, not even water – for infants in this period. [caption id="attachment_3866" align="alignnone" width="754"] A lot is still uncertain about breastfeeding practices in South Africa. Getty Images[/caption]

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Social security could make life better in South Africa after COVID-19

Injecting purchasing power into poor households will stimulate demand and assist economic recovery. Reimagining social security in South Africa is not only a humanitarian imperative and a means of achieving social justice, it makes economic sense. It is something that the country cannot afford not to do. [caption id="attachment_3868" align="alignnone" width="754"] The country will take years to recover economically. Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images[/caption]

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Basic income grant could be a massive game changer in SA

The basic income grant has become a topical issue now. There are questions as to whether it could certainly help and how many people it could help. Arabile Gumede on The Money Show speaks to Prof Stephen Devereux, SA/UK bilateral research chair in social protection for food security at Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape for more.

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Centre of Excellence in Food Security discusses COVID impact on the vulnerable

The impact of the COVID-19 on the vulnerable was discussed in a webinar hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security on Tuesday. Panellists looked at safety nets and how social emergency relief measures performed in the face of the global pandemic. [caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignnone" width="463"] Food parcels were distributed to resident of Booysens informal settlement on 29 April 2020. Pictures: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.[/caption]

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Government urged to do better with implementing social safety net interventions

Researchers and academics have called on government to do better in the implementation of social safety net interventions. The nation has been through months of varying stages of lockdown, mass job losses and an increase in the number of vulnerable people depending on government for the bare minimum to get by. Panelists on a webinar organised by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security flagged major problems during lockdown and a potentially insecure future ahead. [caption id="attachment_3017" align="alignnone" width="463"]  [/caption]

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Calls for SA government to make relief measures permanent

Some NGO’s want the government to make the Covid-19 emergency relief measures permanent from October, especially the one that allows citizens aged 18-59 to access state assistance for the first time ever, to create a basic income grant. published date: 20200915 author: Admin featured: templateabove quote: The country had crossed a critical threshold in making income available to working-age people, so recognising that this group merited help in a country with its problems of poverty, high unemployment and inequality, according to a statement yesterday. A recent webinar Social Protection in South Africa: Building back better post COVID-19, which was hosted by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, aimed to highlight the gaps in South Africa’s social protection system exposed by the pandemic. The issue is especially significant now as the end of the six-month emergency relief measures approaches. The organisation’s national director Lynette Maart said the Black Sash was seeking 1 million signatures for its online petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa, along with Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, her Finance counterpart Tito Mboweni and the National Treasury to permanently implement social assistance for this “missing middle group”. This group of people are at the upper bound poverty line currently at R1 227($73.84) a month, she said. “Research has shown up the huge gap in terms of support for this group, who have enjoyed access during the lockdown period to the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. Rather than ending it in October, we must work with that as a start – taking us forward to the ultimate goal of a universal Basic Income Grant,” she said. This is an abridged version of the the article published by Channel Africa. Access the full article here.  qoute: quote by: templatebelowquote: The country had crossed a critical threshold in making income available to working-age people, so recognising that this group merited help in a country with its problems of poverty, high unemployment and inequality, according to a statement yesterday. A recent webinar Social Protection in South Africa: Building back better post COVID-19, which was hosted by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, aimed to highlight the gaps in South Africa’s social protection system exposed by the pandemic. The issue is especially significant now as the end of the six-month emergency relief measures approaches. The organisation’s national director Lynette Maart said the Black Sash was seeking 1 million signatures for its online petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa, along with Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, her Finance counterpart Tito Mboweni and the National Treasury to permanently implement social assistance for this “missing middle group”. This group of people are at the upper bound poverty line currently at R1 227($73.84) a month, she said. “Research has shown up the huge gap in terms of support for this group, who have enjoyed access during the lockdown period to the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. Rather than ending it in October, we must work with that as a start – taking us forward to the ultimate goal of a universal Basic Income Grant,” she said. This is an abridged version of the the article published by Channel Africa. Access the full article here.  link: pic: http://foodsecurity.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/sassa_Channel-Africa.jpg

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Why a permanent Covid-19 emergency relief plan is needed

Social protection experts have called on the South African government to make the Covid-19 emergency relief permanent from October. This was the message from the webinar hosted by the Centre of Excellence for Food Security.

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Postpartum depression and stress diminish the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding in SA

A lot is still uncertain about breastfeeding practices in South Africa. GettyImages   Breast milk plays a vital role in…

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Social security could make life better in South Africa after COVID-19

The country will take years to recover economically. Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images   The national state of disaster…

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Women hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19

“Let me be clear,” she wrote on the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform recently; “the longer-term impact of the…

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Changing our behaviour to improve food security

The private sector, NGOs and government should prioritise the sale of food that is healthy over food that is profitable,…

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The policy shift South Africa needs to achieve food sustainability

Already facing a multidimensional agricultural crisis, South Africa urgently needs to direct more funding for agricultural research that serves the…

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BIG or BUG?: Social Development Minister sows hope and confusion for the unemployed

On Monday 13 July the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, unexpectedly let a BIG cat out of the bag…

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How the man-made chemical, nonylphenol, hampers the growth of fresh produce

Study shows nonylphenol reduces plant size and cell permeability in lettuce. Image credit: Getty Images Nonylphenol is a man-made chemical…

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Good gut health could be a key line of defence against viral infections, researchers say

Although there is no specific research that shows the positive effects of high-fibre foods in helping to fight against COVID-19,…

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Food aid parcels in South Africa could do with a better nutritional balance

Getty Images   Food insecurity is a reality for many South African households, with approximately 50% of households living under…

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