Professor Julian May:

An expert in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, Professor May has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform, social grants, information technology and urban agriculture in Africa and in the Indian Ocean Islands.

Professor Lise Korsten:

An expert in food safety and regulatory control, Professor Lise Korsten developed South Africa's biological control agent for fruit and established a research group in sanitary and phytosanitary aspects of international trade.

Programme investigators

Dr Stephen Devereux

Dr Stephen Devereux is a Research Fellow and founding Director of the ‘Centre for Social Protection’ at the...

Professor Bruno Losch

Bruno Losch is currently co-director of the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), based at UWC

Professor Lise Korsten

Professor Lise Korsten is co-director of the CoE in Food Security, and is based at UP.

Professor Julian May

UWC based Professor Julian May, is director of the CoE in Food Security

Professor Rina Swart

UWC's Professor Rina Swart is a registered dietician as well as a registered nutritionist with the HPCSA.

Professor Frans Swanepoel

Professor Frans Swanepoel is a Research Fellow in Residence with focus on Future Africa at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria

Professor Naushad Emmambux

Professor Naushad Emmambux is based at UP's Department of Food Science.

Professor Ndiko Ludidi

Professor Ndiko Ludidi is head of UWC's Department of Biotechnology.



Funded Students

The CoE provides multiple opportunities for capacity development, mentoring and the pursuit of postgraduate studies through providing financial support for full time Honours, Masters, and PhD students as well as Post-Doctoral fellowships as part of its awards to projects. Bursaries and fellowships are subject to the standard NRF rules and procedures.

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Our Mission

We recognise that producers, processors, distributors and consumers are incorporated into the food system under varying terms and returns. We also recognise the economic, social, human and environmental health impacts associated with food security. Therefore our goal is to conduct research, build capacity and disseminate findings that will promote a sustainable food system in South Africa.