#FoodTalks – African food systems for impact: the FSNet-Africa model webinar

Date: August 23, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: Zoom

The Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Development Studies at the University of Pretoria; FSNet-Africa; and the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), invite you to a #FoodTalks webinar on “African food systems for impact: the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) model”.

FSNet-Africa is a University of Pretoria project funded under a partnership between the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The University of Pretoria leads the project in partnership with the University of Leeds and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

In this webinar, we share more about how the FSNet-Africa model was designed for impact. In particular, we discuss how the combination of transdisciplinary research, mentorship, and stakeholder involvement can transform science. Central to this model is the uptake of research outputs to strengthen African food systems.

Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Register at: https://bit.ly/3RgPovm


Dr Njongenhle Nyoni is based at FANRPAN and is the Engagement and Liaison Manager for FSNet-Africa. He specialises in developmental project designs and implementation under the climate-smart agriculture thematic thrust. He has organised, convened, and facilitated several high-level, regional, and national policy dialogues on climate-smart agriculture.

Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (University of Pretoria). Dr Mentz-Coetzee has worked for a number of years as an independent monitoring and evaluation consultant undertaking projects at national, pan-African, and international levels.


Dr Marc Wegerif is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on food systems, agrarian transformation, and land rights. He has over 30 years of development sector work experience from project level to national and international policy and advocacy. His doctorate was obtained with the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University.

#FoodTalks Food talks to us at many levels, touching on important aspects of our lives and society. These dialogues are a space to talk about the current food system and how we can move to a socially and ecologically regenerative, just, and nourishing food system in Africa.

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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.