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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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UWC centres to present Human Rights Commission with petition on high levels of food insecurity among South Africa’s students

The Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in collaboration with the UWC-based Centre of…

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Governments try to break down siloes in pursuit of tackling food insecurity

Can the Western Cape’s recent water shortage and the government’s response serve as a blueprint for successful transversal collaboration? That…

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Young researcher takes interest in biotechnology into food safety research

Like many young black people her age, Thabang Msimango is the first in her family to go to university. Inspired…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

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