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:
This article develops the concept of food sovereignty while it critically reflects on its present status and future trajectories. The concept of food sovereignty provides an alternative framework for solutions to the human and ecological consequences of industrial food systems. ...
Peaches are popular, nutritious and widely consumed. Being a tree crop, it is considered a low risk fruit, with no direct water contact, and no previous foodborne disease outbreaks associated with its consumption. However, in 2014 the pioneer association between stone ...
One in five children display stunted growth. Yet since South Africa's democratic transition in 1994, social protection programmes have increased dramatically.
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.
The consumption of food is situated within the social construction of reality. Cultural and religious symbols inevitably construct and distort the ways in which food is selected, prepared and consumed.
The POLICY programme facilitates dialogue between researchers, the community and policy makers to inform policy making and shape research.
The CHILDREN programme examines trends, determinants and consequences of food insecurity for mothers and children in South Africa
The PLATES programme investigates the dietary intake of poor and vulnerable South Africans, and details the food environments that shape food preferences and choices.
Organisational and technological innovations of food systems can help maintain and improve livelihoods through enterprise development for food security.
The SYSTEMS programme is concerned with the structure, dynamics and influences on the South African food system and how this is changing.