• Systematic review of the literature on ‘informal economy’ and ‘food security’


    By Etai Even-Zahav , Candice Kelly, July 2016

    Despite the importance of the informal food economy in fulfilling the daily and weekly food needs of a large proportion of South Africa’s low-income population, it appears little research exists on the exact nature of the relationship between the informal food economy and food security. This paper performed the first qualitative systematic review of research from South Africa that addresses …

  • Food environments, health and nutrition in South Africa: Mapping the research and policy terrain


    By Nicole Claasen , Marinka van der Hoeven, Namukolo Covic, June 2016

    The aim of this paper was to review existing research and policies related to food environments so as to identify research gaps towards a research agenda for the new DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. Food environments influence food choices and nutritional status. Significant changes have taken place in the South African consumer food environments since the …

  • Alternative food networks and food insecurity in South Africa


    By Gareth Haysom, June 2016

    Food security remains a persistent global challenge. Inequality means that food insecurity is disproportionately experienced. Despite positive shifts in the state of food security at a global scale, recent reports from the Food and Agricultural Organisation suggest that in Africa the total number of undernourished people continues to increase. The paper argues that there is a …

  • Corporate power in the agrofood system and South Africa’s consumer food environment


    By Stephen Greenberg, May 2016 

    This report maps the extent of corporate power in the South African agro-food system using a value chain approach. It identifies major corporate actors in the various nodes of the agro-food system as of 2014. Some nodes tend to be dominated by corporations, for example, input supply, grain storage and handling, and feedlots for commercial livestock. Other nodes have a strong corporate core but there is also a wide periphery, for example, agricultural production, food manufacturing, wholesale and retail and consumer food service. …

  • Multidimensional Food Insecurity Measurement


    By Joanna Ryan and Murray Leibbrandt, November 2015

    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 poverty measurement in calculating an index of multidimensional food insecurity. This framework has gained increasing popularity, particularly with the introduction of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The assertion is that, like poverty, food insecurity is a …

  • A Review of Dietary Surveys in the Adult South African Population from 2000 to 2015


    By Zandile J. Mchiza, Nelia Steyn, Jillian Hill, Annamarie Kruger, Hettie Schönfeldt, Johanna Nel and EdelweissWentzel-Viljoen, September 2015

    One serious concern of health policymakers in South Africa is the fact that there is no national data on the dietary intake of adult South Africans. The only national dietary study was done in children in 1999. Hence, it becomes difficult to plan intervention and strategies to combat malnutrition without national data on adults. The current review consequently assessed all …

  • To "spot" and "point": managing waste pickers' access to landfill waste in the North-West Province


    Informal recycling has the potential to contribute to the generation and redistribution of income and hence poverty reduction. However, municipal waste management systems in South Africa do not appear to be ready to formally accommodate informal waste pickers; this has made their activities and waste-picking income vulnerable to the negative effects of policies and strategies. This paper described successful approaches followed on two landfill …