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Student finds revitalisation in food security studies

On completing his B Admin at the University of the Western Cape in 2014, Haywood had imagined a career as a…

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UWC centres to host advocacy meeting on South Africa’s food insecure students  

The advocacy meeting is linked to the DoI’s national Access to Food for Students project. #EndStudentHunger; #FeedOurStudents   The Socio-Economic…

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Careful with spinach, no matter where you buy it

Spinach is more prone to carrying bacteria and pathogens, study finds   Spinach bought from a vendor on the street…

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South Africa’s civil society has role to play in addressing food insecurity

If government seems determined to depoliticise food security, it will take others to step into the breach. It’s here where…

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Food innovation in Africa helps fight malnutrition and disease

Soy flour has been studied for its ability to improve the protein quality of traditional staple foods.   Food research…

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Is the food on your plate good for you?

Consuming sugary beverages with a meal can impact the absorption of some vitamins and minerals.   A study funded by…

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Dietary diversity, breastfeeding and nutrition education key to child nutrition

Many households lack financial means to buy adequate nutritious food for children. Image credit: NRF Science Matters   Despite South…

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Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods

From Left: Sisiphiwo Dingana with Plant Biotechnology Research Group collaborators – Dr Marshall Keyster and Prof Ndiko Ludidi of UWC,…

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Supermarkets and informal township entrepreneurs locked in symbiotic but uncomfortable relationship

The concentration of formal retailers within the confines of the precinct area does not seem to be having a positive…

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World Food Safety Day: Food safety is everyone’s business

The United Nations has declared 7 June the first World Food Safety Day to strengthen efforts to ensure what we eat is safe.

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Food innovation in Africa helps fight malnutrition and disease

Food research holds the key to solving the challenge of nutrition in Africa and considerable strides have been made in the area of food science and technology with the aim of developing nutritionally enhanced food that is both palatable and inexpensive to the consumer, particularly in poor areas as well as foods developed to combat diet-related non- communicable diseases such as obesity and Type-2 diabetes.

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Is the food on your plate good for you?

Macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) provide the body with energy. Some people are consuming too much of certain macronutrients while others aren’t eating adequate amounts.

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Dietary diversity, breastfeeding and nutrition education key to child nutrition

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Food security low on the national agenda

Food security received only two passing references in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and not a single mention in the budget speech by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, on 20 February.

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‘Warning signs’ in store to indicate what’s in your food

The food industry often conceals the unhealthy products in its processed foods – even manipulating science to fool consumers. Now the government is planning to introduce warning signs on food to help us to navigate what we are eating.

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SONA, budget ‘suggest food security is low on national agenda’

We are failing miserably at making sure that more, if not all, of our households are able to put enough food on their tables, academics say.

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Food security ‘low on national agenda’

Research indicates that about 54% of South African house-holds still experienced either hunger or the risk of hunger, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security said. Despite this, food security received only two passing references in the State of the Nation Address two weeks ago and not a single mention in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Budget speech 2019, said professor Julian May (UWC), Dr Jane Battersby (UCT), Prof Rina Swart (UWC) and Dr Bruno Losch (GovInn Centre, UP/UWC). The four are executive and research members of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, which is hosted by UWC and the University of Pretoria.

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Experts: SONA, budget speech suggest food security low on national agenda

The latest available research indicated that about 54% of South African households still experienced either hunger or the risk of hunger, the Centre of Excellence in Food Security said via a statement on Wednesday. Despite this, food security received only two passing references in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) two weeks ago and not a single mention in finance minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech

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Combating hunger and food insecurity in a rapidly urbanising continent

Transitions in food systems, diets and health are of relevance throughout the world. However, changes are especially notable in the…

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Municipalities are not off the hook for food security

South Africa produces sufficient food to feed its people, yet household food insecurity and malnutrition is unacceptably high. It is…

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Right to food is linked to the right to health and adequate nutrition

Hunger violates human dignity, is an obstacle to socioeconomic and political progress and is closely linked with the attainment of…

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‘O jewa ke eng?’ – Hunger on our Campuses

Section 27 of the Constitution guarantees the right to have access to food for everyone. Why then do we have…

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SONA and budget suggests that food security desperately low on the national agenda

Food security received only two passing references in the SONA Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and not a single mention…

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Odds stacked against smallholder farmers to reach goals set by government

Plans outlined in key government documents to simultaneously establish a new cohort of smallholder farmers, drastically increase farming jobs and…

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Informal trade may hold the key to food security

Despite the fact that more than 60% of South Africans are now urbanised, SA’s official approach to food security pays…

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Policies needed for food security and nutrition

The challenge of food security has become increasingly complex South Africa has high levels of hunger and food insecurity.  It also…

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Obesity and economic status: what we found in Kenya’s slums

Conditions in Kenya’s slums like Mathare are not conducive to healthy life choices. EPA/Daniel Irungu Africa is experiencing a demographic and…

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Farm workers are an integral component of the economy and the food system in South Africa. Yet they are invariably poor, food insecure, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation. Pro-farm worker legislation since 1994 has provided some protection, but it has also been associated with violations of labour rights and an accelerating pace of evictions and casualisation. Moreover, because agricultural employment is concentrated at specific times of year, seasonal farm workers face an under-reported crisis of underemployment and seasonal hunger.

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