News & Comment

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    In many countries, South Africa included, the same socio-economic circumstances lead to both stunting in malnourished children and obesity: the so-called double burden. But while improving the lives of the people in Brazil’s poorest region saw the percentage of stunted children reduce dramatically to just 6% - from a high of 55% in 1974 - it …
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Scientists, academics and post-doctoral students engaged young minds through interesting exhibitions duringthe first day of the annual Department of Science and Technology(DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence (CoE) Director’s Forum. Hundreds of school learners and university students participated in an interactive …
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Within hours of the International Union of Science and Technology's World Congress ending in Dublin last week, news broke of yet another UK horse meat scandal. Three men - two Brits and a Dane - are accused of conspiring to sell horse meat as beef. The beef-that's-actually-horse scandal first exploded in Europe in early 2013, when horse DNA was …
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Adequate nutrition is still a massive global problem despite research showing that it contributes significantly to both the economic and health benefits of a country. In Africa an estimated 220 million people are undernourished. As researchers, policy makers and activists from public health, nutrition, food systems and dietetics head to South …
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016
    The ‘Double Burden’ of malnutrition - a hot topic at the 2nd annual World Nutrition Congress being held in Cape Town at the end of August If the adage, ‘you are what you eat’ is true, then the world is in serious trouble. Highlighting the state of what constitutes ‘food’ (how it’s grown, processed and …
  • Monday, August 15, 2016
    Food, nutrition and human health institutes around the world have been fighting to reduce the risks associated with consuming detrimental fatty acids that are linked to cardiovascular diseases. But few people know what fatty acids are, which ones are harmful or beneficial, and how to identify them. Fatty acids are a component of the fat found in …
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    Article by Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg What are the humanities? Loosely speaking, they are academic disciplines that study how people process and document the human experience through history, philosophy, literature and cultural studies. In South Africa, a more elastic net for describing the humanities has been used. It includes …
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    The Institute for Food Nutrition and Wellbeing (IFNuW), at the University of Pretoria, has created a solution to improve food security for the poorest communities in South Africa. The problem 54% of South Africans live below the poverty line, living on R779 or less a month many can barely afford enough maize to feed their family three meals a …
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016
    This August, global experts and thought leaders in the field of Public Health, World Nutrition and Food Systems, will meet in Cape Town for the 2nd edition of the World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress. From 30 August – 2 September the University of the Western Cape will host the World Nutrition …
  • 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: …