News & Comment

  • Monday, August 1, 2016
    ANNOUNCEMENT  The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) invites applications for funding towards attending the 2nd International Congress of the World Public Health Nutrition Association from 30 August – 2 September 2016 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Visit the website for more details. Eligibility: …
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    A state of food security exists when, as defined by the World Food Summit, “all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. In other words, not only is it necessary to provide the population with sufficient quantities of food, but it has to be nutritious food as well. …
  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    Article by: Nokuthula Vilakati, University of Pretoria On December 20 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly passed an adopted resolution declaring 2016 the International Year of the Pulse. Pulses – which include dried beans, chickpeas and lentils – are a good source of protein and amino acids and are a …
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Media Release – 30 June 2016 The 18th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards Gala Dinner was held in Gauteng on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Contributions to excellence in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the following broad areas: Scientific …
  • Monday, June 13, 2016
    Article by: Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape What is going wrong in South Africa’s land reform programme, and how can its failings be addressed? In 22 years land reform has barely altered the agrarian structure of South Africa, and has had only minor effects on rural livelihoods. Partly unintentionally, partly by design, …
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016
    Article by Carmen van Niekerk, University of Pretoria; Hester Carina Schönfeldt, University of Pretoria, and Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria Potatoes have been the carbohydrate family’s favourite child since the 16th century when they were a staple food on long ship voyages to discover new land. Today in excess of 300 …
  • Thursday, June 2, 2016
    Article by: Julian May, University of the Western Cape High rates of malnutrition translate into poor child outcomes. Preventing this should start early: good nutrition and health of mothers and their children during the first 1,000 days – from conception to about two years – is described as a unique window of opportunity for later …
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016
    A common challenge for researchers nowadays is getting their research beyond the confines of academia and having it applied in practical contexts and situations. The University of Pretoria's Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) is involved in an international programme working towards bridging this gap by bringing …
  • Monday, May 23, 2016
    Article by: Sheryl L Hendriks, University of Pretoria and Angela McIntyre, University of Pretoria Starvation and extreme under-nutrition are rare in South Africa’s poorest communities. The experience of hunger is related to many different forms of deprivation. There is widespread “hidden hunger,” in the form of …
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    More than 25% of the world’s crops are contaminated with poisonous moulds and fungi known as mycotoxins. These toxic chemical compounds are a serious food safety threat as they cause disease and death in humans and animals worldwide.  Prof Sarah De Saeger from Ghent University in Belgium, said in her presentation at the 2016 Autumn …