• 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‚Äôs 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 …