Food security is imperative for human survival with dignity


South Africa faces a triple burden of malnutrition. This includes underweight (caused by diets of inadequate quantities), malnourishment (arising from diets of inadequate quality) and overweight. The Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) undertakes innovative research and critical enquiry to enable South Africa to tackle the challenges of food security and nutrition.

Food insecurity is caused by a number of factors ranging from a lack of income with which to purchase sufficient calories and nutrients, to the inability of a country or region to provide affordable food to its population, to constraints on the physical environment limiting the production of food such as water scarcity, poor soil quality and climate change.

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COVID-19 and Food Security
Community of Practice renamed in keeping with its COVID-enforced remaking
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Guidelines to reduce the risk of enteric and typhoid fever
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Research sheds light on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on hunger and breastfeeding
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Black farmers left out in the cold during COVID-19 lockdowns
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COVID-19 and Food Security
Community of Practice renamed in keeping with its COVID-enforced remaking
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Guidelines to reduce the risk of enteric and typhoid fever
Read more
Research sheds light on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on hunger and breastfeeding
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Black farmers left out in the cold during COVID-19 lockdowns
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Next event

2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding – Local launch in South Africa

Date: February 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Zoom
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Join us and @CoEHuman for the local launch of the 2023 @TheLancet Series on Breastfeeding, which examines how the marketing of commercial milk formulae for infants and young children undermines breastfeeding. Register here: https://t.co/pGQccwqqmw. https://t.co/3Fb791aeAW FoodSecurity_za photo
We will co-host the regional launch of the 2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding in early Feb, with @CoEHuman (details in next few days). Ahead of this, join the global launch, co-hosted by @TheLancet and the @WHO. Details below and here: https://t.co/996hn0Kj2W. #breastfeeding https://t.co/30KQBsygpc FoodSecurity_za photo
CoE-FS director Professor Julian May on food insecurity in South Africa. The right to food is a human right.
#foodsecurityforall
#nohunger https://t.co/4D4Q9ZrKEk
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With Stage 6 #loadshedding, and many saving up and spending on festive season eats, you need to understand how to protect you and yours against related food safety risks. Prof Lise Korsten, CoE-FS co-director, shared some guidance with @CapeTalk: https://t.co/eniPfdfee1
Join CoE-FS co-director Professor Lise Korsten in the next few minutes on @CapeTalk, for an in-depth discussion on food safety risks in light of increased, prolonged #loadshedding, and protecting your festive season fridge contents.
ICYMI, here is the link to the interview Prof Lise Korsten had with @mbele_lnb @Powerfm987 yesterday, discussing our work and how, together, we can build an equitable, sustainable and safe food system: https://t.co/aJPK51r2PN. #WSF_ZA2022
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Next event

2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding – Local launch in South Africa

Date: February 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Zoom
Follow us on social media
Join us and @CoEHuman for the local launch of the 2023 @TheLancet Series on Breastfeeding, which examines how the marketing of commercial milk formulae for infants and young children undermines breastfeeding. Register here: https://t.co/pGQccwqqmw. https://t.co/3Fb791aeAW FoodSecurity_za photo
We will co-host the regional launch of the 2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding in early Feb, with @CoEHuman (details in next few days). Ahead of this, join the global launch, co-hosted by @TheLancet and the @WHO. Details below and here: https://t.co/996hn0Kj2W. #breastfeeding https://t.co/30KQBsygpc FoodSecurity_za photo
CoE-FS director Professor Julian May on food insecurity in South Africa. The right to food is a human right.
#foodsecurityforall
#nohunger https://t.co/4D4Q9ZrKEk
FoodSecurity_za photo
With Stage 6 #loadshedding, and many saving up and spending on festive season eats, you need to understand how to protect you and yours against related food safety risks. Prof Lise Korsten, CoE-FS co-director, shared some guidance with @CapeTalk: https://t.co/eniPfdfee1
Join CoE-FS co-director Professor Lise Korsten in the next few minutes on @CapeTalk, for an in-depth discussion on food safety risks in light of increased, prolonged #loadshedding, and protecting your festive season fridge contents.
ICYMI, here is the link to the interview Prof Lise Korsten had with @mbele_lnb @Powerfm987 yesterday, discussing our work and how, together, we can build an equitable, sustainable and safe food system: https://t.co/aJPK51r2PN. #WSF_ZA2022
@UPTuks
@dsigovza
@NRF_News https://t.co/pRbsQ64wvW
FoodSecurity_za photo

Publications

CoE-FS Annual Report 2021

In 2021, the extension of the State of Disaster, additional waves of...

Food Systems Profile – South Africa: Catalysing the sustainable and inclusive transformation of food systems

Year of publication: 2022 Place of publication: Rome, Italy; Brussels, Belgium; Montpellier, France; Pages: #50...

Food insecurity and hunger: The experiences of child-headed households in a selected community in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Former CoE-FS-funded student, Charity Pote, co-authors the chapter, “Food insecurity and hunger:...

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