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Masters students explores antibiotic resistance in cucumbers

Unlike most of her peers in the food safety research group at the University of Pretoria (UP), Manana Dlangalala didn’t…

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Food security student begins research on aggressive mushroom pathogen

Fun with fungi: Kololwetu Cetyiwe has long loved cooking with mushrooms; now she gets to conduct scientific research into as…

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SUGAR TAX ALONE NOT ENOUGH

Prof Rina Swart says that the South African sugar tax will have to be complemented by other measures if it…

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CoE-FS mourns death of Professor David Sanders, a public health icon

David Sanders will be remembered for his commitment to a just health and public nutrition system. Image credit: WNCT2016 website…

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Impacts of climate change on food security not evenly distributed, conference hears

  The effects of climate change on food security are not evenly distributed across the globe. So said Professor Ndiko…

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Food safety ends in the home

Tintswalo Baloyi has always imagined making an impact with her studies, and her work in food safety is allowing her…

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Time to pay attention to hunger among South Africa’s students

We take it for granted that university students are the least likely to go hungry. Why would they? After all,…

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Music plays second fiddle to food safety for young up-and-coming scientist

The publication of her first journal article earlier this year reminded Loandi Richter why she chose the life of a…

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Time for urgent action on ‘invisible crisis’ of student hunger, say UWC centres

Commissioners André Gaum (far left) and Commissioner Sibanyoni (second from right) of the Human Rights Commission receive a petition on…

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Why many SA students are both hungry and obese

The few studies on food insecurity at South African tertiary institutions show an alarming picture that mirrors the social divisions bedevilling the country. At the University of the Free State 64.5% of students are food insecure.

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Student Hunger At South African Universities Needs More Attention

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as “the skeleton in universities’ cupboards” because it receives so little attention. Those in higher education are assumed to be an elite whose minimum basic needs are met.

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Student hunger at South African universities needs more attention

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as “the skeleton in universities’ cupboards” because it receives so little attention. Those in higher education are assumed to be an elite whose minimum basic needs are met.

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‘Spinach more prone to carrying bacteria’

According to a new study, conducted with the National Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), spinach bought from a vendor on the street is no less or more safe than spinach bought from an upmarket retailer.

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SAHRC handed petition on food access for students

To raise awareness about the ‘invisible crisis’ of hunger and food security among students at tertiary institutions in South Africa, the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, today presented a petition to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

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Food Access for Students at University

The Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in collaboration with the UWC-based Centre of Excellence in Food Security, will on 25 July 2019 present a petition to two commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to draw attention to the high levels of hunger and food insecurity among South Africa’s students. Funmilola Adeniyi from Dullah Omar Institute at the University of Western Cape explains

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Exploited and vulnerable farm workers remain out in the cold

Farm workers are essential to the economy and food system, but they are poor and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many evicted farm workers face an under-reported crisis of underemployment, poverty and hunger.

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Farm workers, let down by politicians, face new threats to their security

Farm workers are essential to the economy and food system, but they are poor and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Evicted farm workers, in particular, face an under-reported crisis of underemployment, poverty and hunger. At a time when the future for farm workers looks increasingly precarious, new thinking and fresh ideas are needed. Some of the challenges facing farm workers are explored here.

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Land reform in South Africa can be smart public policy

Mahmood Mamdani’s recent article about land reform in South Africa correctly states the importance of righting historical wrongs and creating a vibrant economy that works for its population. In contrast to what some writers have argued, including US President Donald Trump, the government of South Africa has not been seizing land from white farmers, nor is there a programme of genocide against the white farming community. But the article by Mamdani glosses over an important and complex issue, one that we have studied for the past 25 years.

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Student hunger at South African universities needs more attention

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as “the skeleton in universities’ cupboards” because it receives so little attention….

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Picturing a nourishing food system

To address a lack of awareness and stimulate deliberations supporting more democratic urban food planning and governance, PLAAS and researchers…

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Creating knowledge democracy in South Africa: The role of communities of practice

widening the scope of knowledge production is an essential role that universities can play in creating knowledge democracy. Image from…

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Hungry for equality: Brazil’s state-subsidised student restaurant model as public policy

Student restaurants in Brazil began in the 1950s and evolved with the expansion of universities ever since.  University restaurants were…

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Time to pay attention to hunger among South Africa’s students

We take it for granted that university students are the least likely to go hungry. Why would they? After all,…

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Farm workers, let down by politicians, face new threats to their security

Farm workers are essential to the economy and food system, but they are poor and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse….

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Smallholder crop farming is on the decline in South Africa. Why it matters

Children play in a cabbage patch near their home in Modderspruit, near Rustenburg, South Africa. EFE-EPA/Halden Krog   Over half…

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Land reform in South Africa can be smart public policy

In contrast to what some writers have argued, including US President Donald Trump, the government of South Africa has not…

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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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The Future of Farm Workers in South Africa – National Conference
Venue: University of the Western Cape

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.

Towards decolonial transdisciplinary research: The humanities in food studies
Date: November 21, 2019

“The humanities in food studies” is a mini-conference hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme: Transdisciplinary Humanities Approaches

The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation.