Policy engagement is a crosscutting issue across all the CoE activities and was presented as a Key Performance Area (Information brokerage and service rendering) in the 2016 Business Plan. However, if we intend making an impact on the future food security in South Africa, we need to be actively engaged in the facilitation of dialogue that not only informs policy making with the research we have done in the first two years of the Centre but also helps shape the research of the CoE. This will serve as a two-way interaction between researchers and policy makers. To address this, the POLICY Programme has been established as both a programme of action research and serves as our Knowledge Brokerage platform.
Those who are entrusted with ensuring national food security in the public and private sectors, and in civil society, researchers and those who care about the future of the country need to engage in critical debates on food security policy to inform current policy processes and reach consensus for actions from all stakeholders. However, this debate and policy decisions need to be informed by independent analysis and up-to-date information. In turn, academic research needs to be informed by the needs of policy makers and other users of this knowledge if it is to be relevant. Several decades of research on evidence-based policy making shows that involving the users of knowledge in its generation significantly increases its incorporation into policy and practice.
This programme also has significant synergies with the SYSTEMS and PLATES research programmes.
It remains a great source of concern that, as richly endowed as the world is, each day millions of people go to sleep hungry and almost 870 million people, particularly in developing countries, are chronically undernourished. Also, every year, 6 million children ...
It is well established that household food security is a complex phenomenon with numerous indicators and outcomes, the measurement of which is yet to be adequately captured by a single measure. We propose the adoption of the methodology of multidimensional ...
One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.
The POLITICS Programme explores human relationships to food, the power dynamics around food production and access and the meanings that food acquires in particular cultural and social contexts.
The consumption of food is situated within the social construction of reality. Cultural and religious symbols inevitably construct and distort the ways in which food is selected, prepared and consumed.
The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa
The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.
If food is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated and no longer be fit for human consumption.
Organisational and technological innovations of food systems can help maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security.
The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.