The focus of this programme is to investigate the organisational and technological innovation of food systems in terms of food production and processing required to maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security. The nature of the problem is complex and requires a trans-disciplinary approach. The technological transformation for enterprise development should impact positively on environmental, economic, social and nutritional health. This programme focuses on answering three research questions, namely:
Nitric oxide synthase-like activity contributes to the production of nitric oxide in plants, which controls plant responses to stress. This study investigates if changes in ascorbate peroxidase enzymatic activity and glycine betaine content in response to inhibition of nitric oxide ...
Increased biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA) occurs in plants in response to water deficit, which is mediated by changes in the levels of reactive oxygen species such as H2O2. Water deficit and ABA induce expression of some RD22-like ...
Marandure, T., Mapiye, C., Makombe, G., Nengovhela, B., Strydom PE., Muchenje V. and Dzama, K., 2016. Determinants and opportunities for commercial marketing of smallholder beef cattle in South Africa. African Journal of Range and Forage Science,33(3), p. 199-206,
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 POLICY programme facilitates dialogue between researchers, the community and policy makers to inform policy making and shape research.
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.
The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.