News & Comment

  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    We all know that water is key to any agricultural endeavour, but what happens if the water is affecting the produce and making people sick? This was under discussion in a symposium Characterising and tracking of antimicrobial resistance in the water-plant-food public health interface: An emerging water, sanitation and hygiene issue, held on the …
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    Malnutrition - including over- and under-nutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies are the top contributors to the global disease burden. Globally, 800 million people are under-nourished, two billion are overweight or obese and two billion are micro nutrient deficient. These were the sobering figures presented today by Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, …
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally.  That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on …
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017
    The arts, in the shape of a new stage play by Mike van Graan and a volume of poetry, comes together with food security over the coming week as some 600 national and international delegates travel to Cape Town for the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security. Themed Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways, the …
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017
    Nutrition isn’t just a matter of getting enough to eat, but also making sure that a diet provides the right combination of micronutrients. That, in turn, demands that the diet boast the right diversity in food. That was the main concern for speakers at Agro-biodiversity for dietary diversification with traditional African fruits and …
  • Friday, December 1, 2017
    A bumper programme is lined up for the approximately 600 national and international delegates who travel to Cape Town this weekend for the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, starting on Sunday, 3 December. Over four days, from 3-6 December, delegates will reflect and deliberate on the many issues and themes cutting across food …
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017
    1 - 9 December 2017, 20h00, AFDA Theatre 228 Lower Main Road, Cape Town The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger will play out on stage this December, in a new theatre production written by renowned South African playwright, Mike van Graan (State Fracture, Pay back the Curry, Green Man Flashing, Brothers in Blood). Described …
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
    The South African Constitution provides for the progressive right to food security, and guarantees children’s right to nutrition without qualification. A number of social protection and health policies – including school feeding programmes – provide tools through which to ensure these rights are realised. However, the impact of …
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    Apart from undertaking research to help address the challenge of food insecurity, research projects located in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE) seek to deepen our understanding of areas such as popular culture, social identities and dominant and oppositional representations in the food system.  Buoyed by this …
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
    School feeding in South Africa has a long history. Since 1994, the government has implemented the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), which provides daily meals to about 12 million children – more than 75% of all learners – in over 20,000 public schools across South Africa. 23 years on, the NSNP remains a key component of South …