News & Comment

  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017
    Opinion - Stephen Devereux  At the Global Food Security conference recently held in Cape Town, Julian May (Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security) convened a discussion on ‘Difficult Partnerships’, in response to a pre-conference controversy around Elsevier accepting sponsorship from Nestlé for the …
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    A custom-designed “Farmer Outreach” truck which is fully equipped to travel to far-flung rural areas throughout South Africa to help farmers to find agricultural solutions; in their own backyard;  A system of genotyping to check whether meat samples are what they say they are; a programme of national cultivar evaluations for grain …
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
    Many South Africans are going hungry. At the same time obesity rates are rising. This is unsurprising - both are forms of malnutrition and tend to go together. The coexistence of poverty and obesity is a global phenomenon. Poverty leads to food deprivation and under-nutrition, which in extreme cases leads to stunting. Research suggests that under- …
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security concluded in Cape Town on 6 December 2017 at the CTICC 2 –  where more than 600 delegates from across 60 countries were gathered to debate and explore a packed programme tackling various issues related to food insecurity, under the theme: Global Challenges, Local …
  • Monday, December 11, 2017
    The speakers at the plenary session on Plant Health for Food Security – speaking at the end of the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town on 3 – 6 December 2017 – did not have the most comforting news for delegates. Approaching the topic from different angles, with occasional …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Food prices need to rise, so farmers can be fairly reimbursed. Then the money from the subsidies they will no longer need to make a decent living can be repurposed to take care of the poor.  That was the provocative view expressed by Dr Hans Herren, president of the Millennium Institute and founder and chairman of the Biovision Foundation, …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Shocking levels of food waste in South Africa, where one-third of all food produced is dumped while 14 million people go hungry, has prompted the government to investigate the efficacy of existing date labelling.  Misunderstanding of expiry dates on foods is a major factor contributing to the country’s extreme levels of food waste, …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Even though women produce between 43 and 80 percent of the world’s food supply, only about one percent of women own the land on which they produce the food – and this is having a negative impact on food and nutrition security.  This was the view put forward by Dr Joyce Chitja, of the African Centre of Food Security at …
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    Professor Ken Giller didn’t quite answer the question he posed in the title of his presentation – The future of farming: Who will produce our food? – but he did make it clear that any answer is complex. Giller, of the Wageningen Centre for Agroecology and Systems Analysis in The Netherlands, was speaking on the second day of the …
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    We will be streaming select panels from the 3rd International Confernce on Global Food Security Conference taking place at the CTICC 2 from 3 - 6 December 2017  Live feed here