Maize and sorghum are staple foods for many African countries and are major sources of calories and affordable, high quality protein for humans and animals. Decrease in production of these crops is thus a serious threat to food security.

Innovation and Technology for Enterprise Development (INNOVATION)

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:

  • How will production systems be sustainable and resilient in the face of changing environmental conditions and soil degradation, and what
    innovations and technological transformation are required to address this while still providing sufficient food for South Africa’s urban and rural
    populations;
  • What innovations and technological transformations will contribute towards the mitigation, and ultimately the reduction of diet related non-communicable diseases (obesity and diabetes, cardiovascular diseases) and child malnutrition in terms of creation of safe, nutritious and affordable food with good sensory appeal; and
  • What innovations and technological transformations are required to increase livelihoods for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) involved in food production, processing and distribution through enterprise development.

Climate change resilient livestock

Fungi and Mycotoxins in crops

Comparative study – staple cereals and legumes to drought and salinity

Cropping systems and soil health in SA

SMART Foods

Food Sovereignty and Organic Farming

Reclamation of heavy metal contamination and soils

Drought Responses in cereals and legumes

Professor Ndiko Ludidi

nludidi@uwc.ac.za

Associate Professor Naushad Emmambux

naushad.emmambux@up.ac.za

Related Articles & publications
Inhibition of NOS- like activity in maize alters the expression of genes...

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 ...

Drought and exogenous abscisic acid alter hydrogen peroxide accumulation and differentially regulate...

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 ...

Determinants and opportunities for commercial marketing of smallholder beef cattle in South...

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,

Principal Investigators

Professor Ndiko Ludidi

Professor Ndiko Ludidi is head of UWC's Department of Biotechnology. His reasearch focuses on research on the genetic control of...

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Associate Professor Naushad Emmambux

Associate Professor Naushad Emmambux is based at UP's Department of Consumer and Food Science. His research applies food chemistry, cereal science...

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SARChI
Social Protection for Food Security

One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.

POLITICS
Food Politics and Cultures: Humanities Approaches to Food

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.

SYMBOLS
The Symbolic Construction of Food Consumption in the Context of Food Insecurity

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.

POLICY
Food Governance and Policy Reform

The POLICY programme facilitates dialogue between researchers, the community and policy makers to inform policy making and shape research.

CHILDREN
Persistence of Child Malnutrition in South Africa

The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa

PLATES
Shelves, Baskets and Plates

The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.

SAFETY
Food safety hazards that affect food security and how these can be...

If food is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated and no longer be fit for human consumption.

SYSTEMS
Understanding the National and Global Food System

The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.