News & Comment

  • Monday, October 17, 2016
    Seeds are the very essence of life. From those growing a multiplicity of grains, legumes and vegetables to others struggling to produce enough to feed their families, seeds provide the mainstay for Africa’s 500 million small-scale farmers. Seeds are also at the heart of rich and varied cultures. They accompany brides on their nuptial …
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016
    One in four of South Africa's people are hungry on a regular basis, causing malnutrition and deformities among children, writes Arundhatie B Kundal. As another balmy summer begins, not all South Africans will be enjoying braais in sun-splashed backyards. An estimated 13 million people (one in four) in South Africa go hungry on a regular …
  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    In recognition of World Food Day on 16 October, industry leaders spoke to Farmer’s Weekly about the challenge of global food security.   Mike Mlengana, Deputy-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)  Climate change is a great threat to agricultural production, particularly with regards to the …
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Researchers affiliated to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) will share findings from their recent working papers on the challenges associated with achieving food and nutrition security in South Africa, during a World Food Day event, on Tuesday 18 October 2016. The full day panel discussion titled: “Food …
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger, focusing on how the world can get to Zero Hunger by 2030. The developing world has made substantial progress in reducing hunger since 2000. The 2016 GHI shows that the level of hunger in developing countries as a group has fallen by 29 …
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    The upcoming 2016 World Food Prize will honour contributions in the field of biofortification. With almost one person in four being undernourished in Africa, what do recent experiences tell us about the role that biofortified foods can play in ensuring nutritious and safe food for the continent? This year marks the 30th anniversary of& …
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    You may not have done the sums, but if you push a trolley around a supermarket regularly, you’ll know that the price of food has shot up alarmingly this year.  South Africa’s multi-discipline Bureau for Food & Agriculture Policy (BFAP) has done the sums, and they are horrifying because they lead to this conclusion: 40 to …
  • Monday, September 19, 2016
    “South Africa is a country that suffers simultaneously from the problems of affluence and poverty, and both of these are a result of nutritional challenges that shape the world we live in.” So said health activist and researcher Prof David Sanders, speaking at the World Nutrition Congress 2016, hosted by the University of the …
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016
    Just under a quarter of the world’s five-year-olds suffer from child stunting. A little more than half of all these stunted children live in Asia and more than one third in Africa. Children are considered stunted if they are too short for their age by the time they turn five. It’s the result of poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days …
  • Thursday, September 1, 2016
    As incomes in developing countries rise people have moved towards eating food that is easy and fast to prepare – convenience foods. This processed food is often energy-dense and high in saturated and trans fats, sugars, salt and cholesterol. This change in eating habits is known as a nutrition transition and it’s leading to increased …