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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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ASSAf honours for CoE’s Lise Korsten

Prof Korsten has addressed Parliament on Food Safety Control and has developed a national framework for Government to develop a…

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Poetry Award for CoE funded student

Creative Writing Masters student, Nondwe Mpuma scooped the top award for emerging poets at the 2018 McGregor Poetry Festival. Mpuma…

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Hidden hunger on campus negatively impacts student performance

There is an under-reported, under-recognised crisis of “hidden hunger” among students on university campuses throughout South Africa. This was the key message…

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New approaches needed to beat food insecurity among students

Remoneilwe Mogatosi: Current measures tell us that South Africa is food secure, yet household food insecurity is a lived reality…

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How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa

Fruit and vegetable prices in South Africa have increased to the point that poorer people have had to remove them…

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2018 World Food Prize for Dr Lawrence Haddad of GAIN

Dr Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director at GAIN, is also a member of the Steering Committee at the Centre of Excellence…

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Nutrition and Food Security Chair for Professor Schönfeldt

University of Pretoria’s Professor Schönfeldt serves on the Management Committee of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security Prof…

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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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Nearly a third of SA university students go hungry

Official statistics estimate that 26% of the country’s broader population is food insecure. One obvious reason why students are more vulnerable to food insecurity is that they have effectively left home but they are not yet employed, so they have low or zero income and depend on family support, bursaries or loans.

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NSFAS accused of feeding ‘hidden hunger’ crisis

Hunger is a norm and part of life for students as they pursue their studies, the National Colloquium on Access to Food for Students in South African Tertiary Institutions has revealed. According to the organisation, there was an under-reported and under-recognised crisis of `hidden hunger` among students.

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

There is a common perception that students represent the elite, and so cannot possibly suffer from hunger. But this is a myth. In fact, the available evidence suggests that students are more likely to be food insecure – they are not able to access adequate nutritious food on a daily basis – than others in the general population.

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Poor students forced to queue for their only two meals a day

Stephen Devereux, of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, told a colloquium organised by the institution's Dullah Omar Institute last week that there was a crisis of `hidden hunger` among students at campuses across SA.

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Under reported hidden hunger at SA universities

Hunger levels among students are higher than in the general population. So said Dr Stephen Devereux, SA-UK Bilateral Research Chair in Social Protection for Food Security, during a two-day National Colloquium on Access to Food for Students. The colloquium was organised by the Dullah Omar Institute, in partnership with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape.

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30% of university students are hungry‚ conference told

University students are the victims of a “hidden hunger” crisis‚ a conference in Cape Town has been told. Hunger levels among students are higher than in the general population‚ Stephen Devereux of the National Research Foundation told the National Colloquium on Access to Food for Students.

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How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa

The Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI) 2017 ranks 34 countries across three pillars: sustainable agriculture; nutritional challenges; and food loss and waste.

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Feast in the footsteps of the first peoples

Renata Coetzee, who died in June 2018, built national and international awareness of the culinary heritage of various cultural groups in SA. So it is apt that her latest book, Food Culture of the First Humans on Planet Earth — A Feast From Nature, is being relaunched with a second impression to bring it to the attention of a wider public.  

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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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Hunger, nutrition and food insecurity take to the stage

The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger will play out on stage this month, in a new theatre…

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Difficult conversations about difficult partnerships in academia

At the Global Food Security conference recently held in Cape Town, Julian May (Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food…

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South Africa’s twin malnutrition challenges: hunger and obesity

Many South Africans are going hungry. At the same time obesity rates are rising. This is unsurprising – both are forms of…

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