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#WomenOfUP: Prof Lise Korsten, the first female president of the African Academy of Sciences in the organisation’s 37-year history

Originally published by the University of Pretoria. UP’s Professor Lise Korsten has hit the ground running as the new and first female president of the African Academy of Sciences. The pan-African body, established in 1985 with the primary goal of promoting science, technology, and innovation on the African continent, has a new governance line-up headed by Prof Korsten, who won the hotly contested election for the presidential post. “I must be honest, I did not think I was going to get elected,” said Prof Korsten, who is a Professor in Plant Pathology and Co-Director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. “This is a very challenging position that will require extensive networking building relations with various stakeholders and creating new partnerships. To champion change I will need to, as a priority, realign, re-focus, recharge, and redeploy people and committees, and redesign structures and systems that will take us into a very new, exciting, but different future.” She said she is honoured at being handed such a big responsibility. “It is about the African continent, and it is all about timing. The time is now for Africa to rise, and the opportunities are enormous if we are ready to explore these. The Governing Council will have to accelerate our pace of transformation and adjustment to catch the waves of opportunity, otherwise, Africa will miss the boat and not rise to the occasion. We should not be left behind and should lead the way because the next century will bring significant changes and opportunities. The Academy will need to grow, invest in, and nurture our youth and particularly our female scientists because it is our biggest asset.” Read the article, in full, here.

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Power cuts and food safety: how to avoid illness during loadshedding

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UP Drama celebrates World Food Day in a special way

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Strengthening the CoE-FS legacy: celebrating a decade of excellence

The CoE-FS 10th Anniversary Symposium was held at UWC from 22 to 24 May 2024. Photo Je’nine May/CoE-FS. “The imperative…

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DSI-NRF postgraduate student funding call for the 2025 academic year

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CoE-FS grantees, researchers take part in the 2024 Montpellier Process

The CoE-FS grantees were joined by students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Kenya, the Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, the UK, and…

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Meet the grantee: Thato Mokgalagadi

Thato Mokgalagadi, a student currently doing her MSocSci Development Studies degree at CoE-FS co-host institution, the University of Pretoria. Photo:…

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First in-person STEERCOM since COVID-19

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) hosted its first…

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CoE-FS wraps up a year of engagement at Science Forum South Africa

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) finished off its year of conference engagement activities at Science Forum…

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World Food Day 2023: CoE-FS director Prof Julian May chats to CapeTalk

On World Food Day 2023, Prof Julian May spoke to CapeTalk about the importance of water for food and nutrition…

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Manufacturing SMART foods for food and nutrition security

Prof Naushad Emmambux, a CoE-FS PI, leads the centre’s project on SMART food processing. In a world grappling with escalating…

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Away from the precipice; toward food security as a reality for all

Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/CoE-FS. “Food security at a tipping point; are we heading for ‘Zero Food’?”. That was the question that…

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coe in the news

#WomenOfUP: Prof Lise Korsten, the first female president of the African Academy of Sciences in the organisation’s 37-year history

Originally published by the University of Pretoria. UP’s Professor Lise Korsten has hit the ground running as the new and first female president of the African Academy of Sciences. The pan-African body, established in 1985 with the primary goal of promoting science, technology, and innovation on the African continent, has a new governance line-up headed by Prof Korsten, who won the hotly contested election for the presidential post. “I must be honest, I did not think I was going to get elected,” said Prof Korsten, who is a Professor in Plant Pathology and Co-Director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. “This is a very challenging position that will require extensive networking building relations with various stakeholders and creating new partnerships. To champion change I will need to, as a priority, realign, re-focus, recharge, and redeploy people and committees, and redesign structures and systems that will take us into a very new, exciting, but different future.” She said she is honoured at being handed such a big responsibility. “It is about the African continent, and it is all about timing. The time is now for Africa to rise, and the opportunities are enormous if we are ready to explore these. The Governing Council will have to accelerate our pace of transformation and adjustment to catch the waves of opportunity, otherwise, Africa will miss the boat and not rise to the occasion. We should not be left behind and should lead the way because the next century will bring significant changes and opportunities. The Academy will need to grow, invest in, and nurture our youth and particularly our female scientists because it is our biggest asset.” Read the article, in full, here.

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Power cuts and food safety: how to avoid illness during loadshedding

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UP Drama celebrates World Food Day in a special way

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Collaboration is key to enabling food security in Africa

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The normalisation of hunger in South Africa

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Malnutrition and hunger take hold in SA – a land of plenty where political will is lacking

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Some plants can short-circuit the toxic effects of metals – now scientists are trying to harness their power

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South Africa has enough food yet its people go hungry – Langa Learning Journey tackles our tragic paradox

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The right to food: activism and litigation are shifting the dial in South Africa

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Israel’s genocidal use of starvation as a weapon of war

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Food price hikes: Save money, support your local street trader

Fruit vendor in Church street, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Ossewa/Wikimedia Commons. When Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released the consumer…

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A personal reflection on the ‘2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding’

Dr Nazeeia Sayed and her daughter on a work trip. Photo Supplied. By Dr Nazeeia Sayed, Researcher, School of Public…

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The normalisation of hunger in South Africa

This article was originally published by the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex. Despite being an upper-middle-income country, hunger…

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The right to food: activism and litigation are shifting the dial in South Africa

The right to food: activism and litigation are shifting the dial in South Africa A recent court case forced the Department…

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Food security ‘experts’ don’t have all the answers: community knowledge is key

Food security ‘experts’ don’t have all the answers: community knowledge is key Professor Julian May examining food supplies in the home…

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Ramadan: a dietitian offers tips for healthy fasting

Ramadan: a dietitian offers tips for healthy fasting Ramadan is centred on prayer, the Qur’an, deep mindfulness and spiritual reflection. Sudipta…

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Postpartum depression and stress diminish the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding in SA

A lot is still uncertain about breastfeeding practices in South Africa. GettyImages   Breast milk plays a vital role in…

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Social security could make life better in South Africa after COVID-19

The country will take years to recover economically. Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images   The national state of disaster…

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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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