News & Comment

  • Monday, January 30, 2017
    The majority of South Africa’s livestock is found in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Yet, more people in these provinces than anywhere else in South Africa go hungry and cannot afford basic life necessities. When Stellenbosch University’s Dr Cletos Mapiye and collaborators from the Agricultural Research Council, University of Fort Hare, …
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
    Although South Africa produces enough food to feed its 53 million citizens, 14 million South Africans do not have access to regular food supply, and seven million are chronically hungry. Producing crop yields that can sustain a family or provide an income, requires fertile soils containing plenty of minerals and water. While commercial farmers use …
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
    “We are facing a number of irreversibilities if we do not achieve the SDGs: increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, as well as decreasing biodiversity,” so said Professor Jeffrey Sachs during his keynote address at the 6th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) taking place in Cape Town from 27 – 28 January 2017. Sachs, …
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Academics, government officials and civil society activists, met in Cape Town on 12 December 2016, to brainstorm the concept of shame as it relates to hunger, food insecurity and social protection in South Africa. The interactive workshop saw participants engage in an interesting yet somewhat uncomfortable topic, with the goal of identifying …
  • Friday, November 25, 2016
    The 4th International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology takes place from 28 May - 3 June 2017 at the Skukuza camp, Kruger National Park.  "This is the first time that this prestigious symposium will be hosted in South Africa," says symposium Chaiperson, Professor Lise Korsten of the University of Pretoria. Korsten is also Co-Director of the …
  • Friday, November 18, 2016
    First Announcement and Call for Abstracts  Global food security will require a holistic approach to address socio-political, natural, health, agricultural and food sciences to feed the 9 billion people. The food security challenge will must address the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient …
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition has launched an eConsultation on the Draft V0 on Nutrition and food systems At its 42nd session in October 2015, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to prepare a report on …
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Professor Raymond Auerbach, whose research focuses on organic farming systems and food security in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent, is the recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) “Engagement Excellence Award”. Auerbach is an Associate Professor in Soil Science and Plant …
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016
    The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security's Food Safety Programme invites prospective students to apply for study at the University of Pretoria in 2017 for the following Projects: Requirements: BSc/BSc (Hons)/ MSc in Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Biotechnology or related fields. Criteria:  …
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016
    Carbon in the atmosphere is dangerous but in the soil it is beneficial. The environmental benefits of organic farming are closely connected to soil carbon. Carbon is the major constituent of soil organic matter, which is vital in holding moisture and plant foods in the soil. Soil organic matter, when biologically active, is called colloidal humus. …