News & Comment

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
    IV International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology comes to South Africa    Novel technology, innovative and creative approaches are what South Africa needs to combat postharvest losses to reduce food waste. This is according to University of Pretoria based Professor Lise Korsten, co-director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in …
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Colonialism brought large-scale farming to Africa, promising modernisation and jobs – but often dispossessing people and exploiting workers. Now, after several decades of independence, and with investor interest growing, African governments are once again promoting large plantations and estates. But the new corporate interest in African …
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    The food system in South Africa is heavily influenced by the poorest social classes and the choices they make, despite much of the power in the South African food environment being held by large corporations. This is one of the findings from the Centre of Excellence in Food Security’s Agro-food value chain, regulation, and formal and …
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Rural areas have a crucial role to play in securing the future of humanity, achieving global prosperity, and finding solutions to eradicate hunger and poverty through securing global food supplies. This was the message echoed by international stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, and civil society who met at the ONE WORLD & …
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
    In Tugela Ferry in central KwaZulu-Natal, 95% of farmers with plots of less than half a hectare are producing crops commercially. Other smallholders sell cattle, sheep and goats raised on communal grazing lands to the ceremonial market. In Venda, Limpopo, permaculture food gardens support extended families. These small farmers use traditional, …
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    Statistically, the best predictor of an adult’s economic potential is their height at two years old. Yet recent research tells us that two decades into democracy, a quarter of South African toddlers are nutritionally stunted. Stunting is costing us a staggering R40-billion each year and South Africa is lagging behind other countries at …
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    Every day, about 370 million children worldwide benefit from national school feeding programmes. Sometimes it’s breakfast; sometimes it’s lunch and sometimes it’s both. But whatever the meal, school feeding schemes are a nutritional lifeline for these children. It’s been proved repeatedly that being fed at school improves …
  • Monday, April 3, 2017
    A national sigh of relief should follow the Constitutional Court ruling that ensures the uninterrupted payment of social grants in South Africa. And some praise might follow the slight increases in monthly social grant payments to more than 17 million South Africans, as announced in the national budget in February. But these increases don’t …
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Civil society needs to step up and fight for better access to food. This is according to Professor Ebenezer Durojaye of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape, who says despite constitutional guarantees of the right to food, the government is failing citizens. In a study funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security …
  • Monday, March 20, 2017
    Rising levels of greenhouse gases, coupled with increasing temperatures and climate change pose a major threat to food systems across the globe. Honorable Dora Siliya, the Minister of Agriculture in Zambia delivered opening remarks at the “Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Sustainability Summit” in Lusaka Zambia, where Local …