To effectively address the national need for a “food-secure” future, all key aspects governing food safety should be addressed.

Food safety hazards that affect food security and how these can be best managed (SAFETY)

Food safety is a minimum requirement for any national food security programme. Food must be produced, transported, stored and prepared in a safe wholesome way that secures the safety of the final product without compromising public health.  The most important challenge in the agri-food sector in South Africa remains the general lack of a ‘safe food’ mind-set. Additionally, the fact that South Africa still does not have a national food safety authority further complicates effective regulation and control. If food, and particularly fresh produce, is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated with microbial pathogens, it will deteriorate in quality and nutritional value, rot and no longer be fit for human consumption. This, in essence, will contribute to food waste and contribute to food insecurity. Therefore assuring safe quality food for all is an integral part of any national food security programme.

The objectives of this research programme are to:

  1. Determine the level of food safety in informal markets
  2. Determine the level of food safety in a typical food insecure household
  3. Build a knowledge platform to facilitate dissemination of information related to food safety

Fresh Produce Safety

Multi-level Government

Animal Product Safety

Professor Lise Korsten

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Principal Investigators

Professor Lise Korsten

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Social Protection for Food Security

One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.

Food Politics and Cultures: Humanities Approaches to Food

The POLITICS Programme explores human relationships to food, the power dynamics around food production and access and the meanings that food acquires in particular cultural and social contexts.

Food Governance and Policy Reform

The POLICY programme facilitates dialogue between researchers, the community and policy makers to inform policy making and shape research.

Persistence of Child Malnutrition in South Africa

The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa

Shelves, Baskets and Plates

The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.

Innovation and Technology for Enterprise Development

Organisational and technological innovations of food systems can help maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security.

Understanding the National and Global Food System

The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.