The CoE‑FS undertakes research, capacity building, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and policy advocacy on how sustainable food systems can achieve food and nutrition security for all. The objective of this work is to improve people’s nutritional status by linking innovative science with critical inquiry and implementation strategies. Three areas of work are prioritised as follows:
Crosscutting themes are a humanities perspective to explore the complex, dynamic and diverse relationships between food and human beings; a food systems perspective; addressing the complexities of the production, processing, marketing, distribution and consumption of food with consideration of the environmental impacts of the food system; and a social protection and poverty reduction perspective concerned with the causes and consequences of, and solutions to multiple deprivations.
The six areas of research adopted and endorsed by the CoE-FS’s Steering Commitee in 2015, and approved by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2016, remain the focus of our work in 202.
The three research questions that inform the scope of work for the CoE‑FS’s research activities are:
In 2022, the CoE‑FS retained its programme principal investigators (PIs) drawn from the two host institutions and consortium partners, based on relative strengths in each area in a supportive context:
These PIs form the CoE‑FS’s Management Committee. The research programme of the CoE‑FS is undertaken as projects within multidisciplinary programmes, and synthesised at the core through transdisciplinary analysis. Find out more about each programme, and its respective projects below:
The “National food governance – Towards national knowledge brokerage” project involves Dr Camilla Adele (UP), Florian Kroll (UWC), Professor Lise…