News & Comment

  • Monday, August 17, 2015
    Food with a low glycaemic index (GI) is generally considered healthier because it is digested at a slower rate than high GI food, thus providing sustained energy release. However, many people prefer high GI food such as cake because it simply tastes better. Research by Professor Mohammad Naushad Emmambux, associate professor at UP’s …
  • Friday, August 14, 2015
    The fourth one week course on Transforming Nutrition jointly hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and the International Food Policy Research Institute attracted 25 participants from across Africa and Europe.  The three course convenors: Lawrence Haddad, Purnima Menon and Nick Nisbett, shared …
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015
    South Asia’s ‘green revolution’ saw the roll out of high-yield crops, improved technology and agricultural resources, but proper nutrition is still out of reach for many. The situation has seen an alarming rise in numbers of children with stunted growth, leading to an intergenerational problem influenced by gender- …
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    The right to food is a basic human right, yet an unacceptably large number of people continue to experience hunger and malnutrition. Although scientists – including those at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) – are hard at work looking for solutions, interdisciplinary research is key to finding sustainable …
  • Monday, June 15, 2015
    As governments and scientists around the world grapple with issues of food security resulting from the shocks of climate change, the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC) and Missouri (MU) have come together to host the first UWC-MU Plant Science Symposium to look at cutting edge plant science research as a means to mitigate …
  • Monday, June 8, 2015
    The impact of climate change on the environment and the availability of food is cause for concern, particularly due to the effect on human health and livelihoods. These concerns and possible solutions, are the focus of a symposium titled: “Sustainable Food Security and Environmental Ecosystems for World Prosperity”, taking place on 15 …
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Professor Julian May, director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) will present the work of the CoE-FS at a luncheon hosted by the Minster of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, following the 2015 Science and Technology Budget Vote. Food Security is recognised both in the Freedom Charter of 1955 and our Constitution that …
  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Food Security, co-hosted by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Pretoria (UP), celebrated its one-year anniversary in April. Derek Hanekom, the then National Minister of Science and Technology launched the DST-NRF Centre of …
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    “Every South African must be able to develop their full potential and this can’t be done on an empty stomach. This is why this new Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security is so unique – it must lead to interventions that will positively change people’s lives and combat food insecurity in our country.” This …