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:
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 …
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 …