Food-SAMSA launch workshop

Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 12:00-16:00
Venue: Zoom meeting

The Food-SAMSA consortium invites you to the launch of a new international project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture: Food environments in Africa: Addressing malnutrition using a syndemics approach (Food-SAMSA), which will take place on 29 March 2022.

The project is implemented by a consortium of three academic partners and one science council: the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape; the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa, University of Cape Town; the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research, LMU Munich, Germany; and the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council.

This project aims to address malnutrition in all its forms, including over- and undernutrition, by assessing its determinants and by
exploring interventions at the macro (policy), the meso (community) and the micro (interpersonal) level. As part of the project, the consortium will (i) refine and adapt existing methodological approaches for assessing and improving food environments to circumstances that are typical
of countries facing a double burden of over- and undernutrition, (ii) apply these approaches in South Africa to identify levers for change
and implementation barriers on a policy, community and interpersonal level, and (iii) strengthen capacities and expand existing regional
networks to support food environment and food systems research and action across sub-Saharan Africa.

The consortium will also conduct participatory research to develop models of different parts of the South African food system and pilot and evaluate interventions to improve local food environments. Furthermore, they will use integrated knowledge translation methods to liaise with a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, the private sector and civil society actors, thus maximising their research’s practical and policy impact.

Event details

Date: 29 March 2022

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

Join Zoom meeting:

Hyperlink: https://uct-za.zoom.us/j/91929752374?pwd=VkJrZlVSZ01nSy9xd1F1NmkzVTA0dz09
Meeting ID: 919 2975 2374
Passcode: 531673

Download and view the programme here: FoodSamsa Programme 29 March 2022.

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We recognise that producers, processors, distributors and consumers are incorporated into the food system under varying terms and returns. We also recognise the economic, social, human and environmental health impacts associated with food security. Therefore our goal is to conduct research, build capacity and disseminate findings that will promote a sustainable food system in South Africa.


Our research is concerned with the scale, nature, causes and consequences of food insecurity in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent. Thus our mission is to investigate products, technologies, processes and policies that can reduce food insecurity and mitigate its negative outcomes. We seek to make a difference to food security by linking innovative science with critical enquiry.