Nutrition, Health and Safety

Food security exists when all people within a society, at all times, have enough nutritious and safe food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Significant sectors of the South African society continue to experience high levels of chronic under-nutrition as well as nutritional deficiencies. At the same time, obesity among adults and children is a growing public health problem in the country and is accelerating the burden of food-related non-communicable disease in both poor and middle-class populations.

The spectrum of work within this programme includes: an exploration of food consumption patterns; the safety of the food on the plate, possible effects (on nutrition and health) of appropriate, affordable and accessible interventions to improve the amount and quality of food on the plate, as well as the impact of changing food systems in the country on the content of the “plate”, and subsequent consequences for the nutrition and health of the population. This programme also explores the role of food systems (and changes within the food system)  on dietary intake; which is necessary towards achieving the SDGs.


Fresh Produce Safety

Multi-level Government

Animal Product Safety

Food Safety Hazard Detection and Diagnosis

Buiding the Knowledge Platform

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Principal Investigators

Professor Rina Swart

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

Professor Lise Korsten

Professor Lise Korsten is the co-director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), and the president of...

Governance, Power and Public Engagement in Food Systems

South Africa’s agro-food system is undergoing rapid, corporate driven restructuring with implications...

Technological Innovation

The technological and enterprise innovations that build livelihoods and food security in...

Leveraged Projects

In addition, the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems held by CoE-FS...