News & Comment

  • 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 …
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    In the midst of rising food prices coupled with (potentially) the worst drought the country has ever experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost, thanks to the Newton Fund and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK-SA Bilateral Research Chair initiative (SARChI).  “Food insecurity is not caused …
  • Monday, April 25, 2016
    Article by: Gareth Haysom, University of Cape Town and Jane Battersby, University of Cape Town Urban agriculture is widely promoted as the solution to the growing problem of urban food insecurity in South Africa and in Africa more broadly. It is said to provide livelihoods and social cohesion, and have environmental benefits. But it’s …
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
    The 2nd edition of the World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress, takes place at a time of unprecedented challenges in population nutrition. The Global South is experiencing a rapid ‘nutrition transition’, where an increasing number of Southern countries are faced with a ‘double …
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    This month marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS). Much has been achieved since the Centre was launched on 15 April 2014, and much more work is underway to make this the leading hub of knowledge production on Food Security and Nutrition. We recognise that the food system …
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    After being out of fashion for a long period, agriculture has been coming back into the spotlight again as part of development policy. Amid rising concerns about food insecurity and high expectations from agribusiness, policymakers have started to emphasise the importance of agriculture as a source of employment. Across Africa interest in …
  • Friday, March 4, 2016
    Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest level of food insecurity in the world. An estimated 220 million people lack adequate nutrition. The nature of the problem is shifting rapidly, with overweight status and obesity emerging as new forms of food insecurity while malnutrition persists. But continental policy responses do not address this changing …
  • Monday, February 29, 2016
    The informal economy is a critical access point for food for most poor urban communities. This was the prevailing theme at a workshop held on 15 February 2016, titled: “Informality and the urban food system: Policy, practice and inclusive growth through a food lens.”   Presenters – many of whom are affiliated to the DST-NRF …
  • Monday, February 22, 2016
    The second World Nutrition Congress is taking place at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa from 30 August – 2 September 2016.  The conference seeks to translate public health nutrition as a science, into public health policy and action. The conference will enable experts on food and nutrition to inform key policy- …
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Research on the dietary habits of South Africans is outdated. Available information on the most commonly eaten foods and their average portion sizes, is based on a 2002 database that was compiled using fragmented dietary surveys. This document is now more than 12 years old and needs to be urgently updated. This has prompted researchers at the …