OUR PARTNERS

We seek to make a diffrence to food security by linking innovative science with critical enquiry.

Our Partners

The Centre – hosted by the University of the Western Cape and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria – is a virtual organisation that brings together the expertise of numerous South African and international institutions and over 100 researchers across various disciplines. It is the first DST-NRF Centre of Excellence to be hosted at a historically black university.

In addition to UWC and UP, CoE-FS researchers are drawn from the:
Our international partners are the:

Joint Publications

Co-influence of fermentation time and temperature on physicochemical properties, bioactive components and...

Fermentation parameters fortingproduction from whole grain sorghum were optimized and the pH, titratableacidity, total viable bacteria count, total lactic acid bacteria count, total fungal and yeast count, tannin content,total phenolic content, totalflavonoid content and antioxidant activities were studied. Milled whole grain sor-ghum was mixed with an equal volume of water and spontaneously fermented to obtaintingsamples. Values ofall the parameters studied showed significant (p≤0.05) changes with increased fermentation time and tem-perature. Using numerical multi-response optimization, optimal fermentation conditions of whole graintingwere estimated at 28 °C for 72 h and at these conditions, reduced pH (5.9), high titratable acidity (1.1 g/kg),good microbial growth accompanied with relatively high values of total phenolic content (46.1 mg GAE/g), totalflavonoid content (40.9 mg CE/g) tannin content...

Food trade and investment in South Africa: Improving coherence between economic policy,...

This paper analyses the policy agendas that shape the food environment in South Africa, and aims to identify potential to improve policy coherence for nutrition, across economic sectors in South Africa. From a food supply perspective, food security and nutrition policy is effectively governed by economic policy actors – this includes agriculture, trade, finance, investment and commerce/industry.

Are trade unions and NGOs leveraging social codes to improve working conditions?...

The paper explores one aspect of the food security question, namely the livelihoods of farmworkers, which ultimately speaks to the sustainability of farms and the provision of food. It focuses on the emergence of locally made private social codes (Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association – WIETA, and Sustainability Initiative of South Africa – SIZA) in the Western Cape fruit and wine sectors and how compliance with such codes has increasingly become a requirement to export to certain markets (being an aspect of vertical governance in the fruit and wine value chains). Many standards in private social codes duplicate rights in national legislation, but some standards improve on statutory rights and certain enabling standards that offer leveraging opportunities to worker...