CoE in the News

  • National School Nutrition Programmes are a vital lifeline for some

    Professor Tessa Hochfeld of UJ speak about the National School Feeding Workshop
  • National School Feeding Workshop

    Interview with Prof Stephen Devereux, SARChI in Social Protection for Food Security, about the National School Feeding Workshop
  • The difference between nutrition and education

    Feeding a child a lot more complicated than previously thought‚ according to Stephen Devereux from the Centre of Excellence in Food Security.
  • Getting off grid, harvesting rainwater

    Prof Raymond Auerbach writes about the benefits of rainwater harvesting
  • Bin picking an asset

    Maxwell Snell can make R200 to R300 a day by scratching through wheelie bins and funnelling reusable goods to the recycling depots. Academics in the fields of social work, economics and nutrition,
  • Bin picking an asset

    Academics in the fields of social work, economics and nutrition, affiliated to the Centre of Excellence in Food Security found that waste pickers generated R700m a year.
  • Hidden economy flourishing on local landfill sites

    CoE study examined the small communities of ‘waste pickers’ who have created livelihoods by scavenging recyclables, food and other useful items off the rubbish dumps.
  • Waste pickers save councils R700m a year – study

    A study by a team led by CoE affiliate and UWC's Professor Rinie Schenck has found that waste pickers save South African municipalities about R700 million every year.
  • How safe is the food on your plate?

    A new feature published on the University of Pretoria’s Research Matters website focuses on the work by a team of researchers led by Professor Lise Korsten, who leads the food safety research
  • Food consumption in South African townships

    CoE affiliate, Associate Professor Yanga Zembe speaks about preliminary findings from the food choices research
  • Latest Stats SA poverty report

    CoE director, Professor Julian May comments on the latest Stats SA poverty report
  • Informal sector businesses must be incorporated into retail space

    Implementing relevant policies would help ease the legal and technical processes for introducing informal businesses into the grocery retail space. This was a recommendation from a submission by The
  • How food-secure is South Africa?

    South Africa today is recognised as one of the most food secure countries on the continent of Africa. CoE affiliate, Professor Andries du Toit of PLAAS, UWC is interviewed
  • Retail sector distorting food economies 

    CoE affiliate, Dr Leif Petersen of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation speaks about the submission to the Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry
  • Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

    The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, in partnership the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in
  • Inquiry aims to protect township business

    Inquiry into the grocery retail sector presents an opportunity to begin to look for ways to tackle the challenges faced by informal traders
  • Supermarkets’ capture must fall‚ Competition Commission hears

    “Our submission argues that formal sector grocery retail is distorting food economies‚” said SLF director and CoE affiliate Dr Leif Petersen.
  • What do we do when we eat? Food security and the moral compass

    Professor Ernst Conradie, of UWC and head of the Food, Ethics and Values programme at the CoE speaks on “Food security and the moral compass”
  • Food security and the moral compass

    UWC's Professor Ernst Conradie speaks unpacks the oft-overlooked symbolic interactions of food production and consumption. Conradie leads the CoE’s “Food ethics and Values” programme
  • Future of Africa depends on agriculture

    Africa holds half the world’s arable land, yet the continent has to rely on imports and food aid to feed itself, writes Prof Frans Swanepoel
  • How South Africa Can Fix the Fact That One in Four of Its Children Go Hungry

    Winnie Sambu of UCT’s Children’s Institute speaks on child stunting and hunger in South Africa
  • How South Africa Can Fix the Fact That One in Four of Its Children Go Hungry

    The most recent data shows that 27.4% of South African children under the age of five are too short for their age or suffer from stunting, writes Professors Stephen Devereux and Julian May
  • CoE co-director Professor Lise Korsten speaks on the impact of post harvest food losses

    A large number of food is lost in the field even before harvesting. Food is also lost at harvesting, at the point of distribution and consumption. Eliminating these losses is important to food
  • We know that children are stunted when they don't grow

    Professor Stephen Devereux, speaking on child malnutrition and stunting in SA
  • Chronically hungry children of SA need full plates and not empty words

    In an excellent article first published in The Conversation on the effect of poverty on children, Julian May and Stephen Devereux point out in no uncertain terms that, in fact, one in every four
  • Quarter of SA children stunted by poor nutrition

    The most recent data shows that 27.4% of South African children under the age of five are too short for their age or suffer from stunting, writes Professors Stephen Devereux and Julian May
  • Many children still suffer from stunting

    Nutritional status is important for children both as they develop in their mother`s womb and during the first two years of their life. This is known as the `unique window of opportunity` for their
  • How South Africa can fix the fact that one in four of its children go hungry

    South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey shows that stunting remains a national concern. At 27.4%, the stunting rate has remained the same since the last survey done in 2003.
  • Food waste poses challenges to development and agricultural production

    Prof Lise Korsten shares insights from the 4th International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology
  • Experts caution against quick fixes for postharvest decay, food waste

    Several presenters at the fourth International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology called for new approaches to address postharvest losses while arguing against looking for "quick fixes" to remedy
  • Postharvest Pathology Symposium to address food waste

    South Africa needs novel technology, and innovative and creative approaches to combat postharvest losses in order to reduce food waste says Professor Lise Korsten
  • Fragmented policy in SA food security

    The food system in South Africa is heavily influenced by the poorest social classes and the choices they make, despite much of the power being held by large corporations. This is one of the findings
  • When it comes to grains‚ local is lekker

    “Rapid urbanisation in Africa has adversely affected people’s dietary choices; we are not eating that healthily any more‚” says Prof Duodu‚ who is part of the CoE in Food Security’s programme on Food
  • Analysis: Nutritional stunting and why SA is coming up short

    Nearly a third of South Africans (and over half of households in some provinces) receive at least one grant from the state, argues Dr Stephen Devereux
  • Almost 10 years of social grants fail to uplift stunted children

    A survey of children's weight and height - key indicators of nutritional health - by the CoE Food Security says "there has been very little improvement in the 20 years since the transition to
  • Years of social grants fail to uplift stunted children

    Social grants, particularly child grants, don’t get spent solely on food for children says Professor Stephen Devereux, SARChI in Social Protection for Food Security
  • Social grants not reducing malnutrition in SA

    Professor Stephen Devereux, the SA-UK Research Chair in Social Protection for Food Security (SARChI) says despite the country’s extensive social grants programme, child malnutrition persists.
  • Why social grants are not eradicating malnutrition

    A national sigh of relief should follow the Constitutional Court ruling that ensures the uninterrupted payment of social grants in South Africa. And some praise might follow the slight increases in
  • You can be well-fed, but still suffer from malnutrition says Professor Devereux

    Professor Stephen Devereux speaks about how social grants effect food security (generally) and child malnutrition (in particular)
  • Social grants not winning the child malnutrition battle in South Africa

    Social grants are a crucial component of South Africa’s fight against poverty and hunger. But they aren’t high enough, and social grants alone are not enough writes Stephen Devereux
  • SA kids remain 'chronically malnourished'

    At least a fifth of S'As children are chronically malnourished, even though almost two-thirds of minors receive a child-support grant, so said Professor Stephen Devereux.
  • SA Constitution guarantees right to food

    Professor Ebenezer Durojaye, from the Dullah Omar Institute at UWC says despite constitutional guarantees of the right to food, the government is failing citizens.
  • Why South Africa’s social grants aren’t eradicating malnutrition

    Theoretically, any expansion of social assistance schemes should lead to improvements in food security indicators. Our research, conducted in conjunction with Maastricht University finds that this is
  • Right to food must be put on state's menu

    All South Africans have the right to food - on paper. But the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security researchers say alarm bells should be going off about food insecurity, and that civil
  • CoE in Food Security researchers looking into enhancing crop productivity

    UWC’s Prof Ndiko Ludidi is working with the CoE in Food Security to develop crops that are productive, even under unfavourable conditions
  • Dr Bruno LOSCH (CIRAD / GovInn / UWC) speaking on the NEPAD Agricultural Atlas

    NEPAD Agricultural Atlas underscores the need for a more comprehensive approach to the dimensional changes the agricultural sector is facing.
  • CoE study: Re-using farm waste to foster sustainable farming

    A study by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security has identified re-using farm waste as one way in which South Africa’s agriculture industry can begin to foster more sustainable practices.
  • South African diets comprised of too much sugar and carbs - A study by the CoE in Food Security

    A study funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security has revealed that most South Africans consume high-energy but nutrient-poor foods.
  • Report identifies key areas in food losses

    A study funded by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and conducted by UP’s professor Elna Buys and collaborators has identified key areas of food loss in the supply chain
  • Local study identifies key areas in global food losses

    A South African study has identified key areas of the global food supply chain where high losses occur, particularly in developing countries.
  • Turning farm waste into food for plants and fish

    Dr. Elmi Lötze of Stellenbosch University and collaborators tested different ways to turn farm waste into a compost that fertilises soils and helps them to retain water.
  • Report identifies key areas in food losses

    Research funded by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and conducted by University of Pretoria’s professor Elna Buys has identified key areas of the global food supply chain where high
  • Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable

    Dr. Elmi Lötze of Stellenbosch University and collaborators from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Limpopo tested different ways to turn farm waste into a compost.
  • Creating economically sustainable beef production systems for SA’s small-holder farmers

    Dr Cletos Mapiye speaking on how to create economically sustainable beef production systems for SA’s small-holder farmers
  • Turning small-holder cattle farming into a business

    CoE project leader, Dr Cletos Mapiye of Stellenbosch University says increasing income for SA's resource-poor small-holder farmers could make beef production systems economically sustainable.
  • Biochar' could help clean SA's polluted water

    A University of Stellenbosch academic is developing a low-cost, low-tech water purification system with the charcoal, which will remove organic compounds from waste water in urban areas.
  • SA men eat 60% more sugar and carbs than recommended

    South African men consume up to 13 974 kJ while South African women consume up to 11 978kJ a day, according to a review of dietary studies funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security.
  • SA diet is heavy in sugar and carbs

    A study funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security has revealed that most South Africans consume high-energy but nutrient-poor foods.
  • South Africa`s Sugar and Carbs overdose...Study

    A study funded by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security‚ also found that we are not consuming enough protein
  • South Africans consume too much sugar and carbs

    As a newly proposed sugar tax is under spotlight in South African parliament to assess the merits of introducing a sync tax on sweetened beverages, a new study by the Centre of Excellence in Food
  • Prof Raymond Auerbach on organic farming vs chemical fertilisers

    Prof Raymond Auerbach talks about his research and work and organic farming vs chemical fertilisers (cont)
  • Prof Raymond Auerbach on organic farming vs chemical fertilisers

    Prof Raymond Auerbach talks about his research and work and organic farming vs chemical fertilisers
  • Locals' diet unhealthy, says study

    The study, funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, also found that we are not consuming enough protein.
  • SA diet worries experts

    A study funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security has revealed that most South Africans consume high-energy but nutrient-poor foods. Professor Hettie Schonfeldt of the University of
  • South Africa's sugar and carbs overdose

    Research has found that South Africans are eating too much sugar and carbs. The study‚ funded by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security‚ also found that we are not consuming enough protein.
  • Western Cape is particularly vulnerable to changing weather patterns

    Commenting from the World Sustainability Forum held in Cape Town from 27 - 28 Jan 2017, Prof Julian May said the domino effects of future water scarcity could impact negatively on imports and the
  • Food safety and antibiotic resistance

    Interview with Prof Lise Korsten of the University of Pretoria, and Co-Director of the CoE-FS
  • Malnutrition and obesity threaten the health of South Africans and the economy as a whole

    Interview with Professors Rina Swart and David Sanders on the impact of the food system on obesity and nutrition.
  • Food prices drive 'hidden hunger'

    Speakers at the World Food Day panel discussion were unanimous that there would never be food security while the supply of food was dominated by a handful of big companies.
  • Fighting for food as costs soar

    Huge food price increases mean that many South Africans are eating less, skipping meals and buying filling food that lack necessary nutrients. HEALTH-E’s Kerry Cullinan reports.
  • Next-gen focus on traditional farming

    Crop diversificiation, and greater emphasis on research and development of more effective and resilient crops and production methodologies will be important in improving food security in the years to
  • Cry, the beloved, hungry country

    One in four of South Africa's people are hungry on a regular basis, causing malnutrition and deformities among children, writes Arundhatie B Kundal
  • Agri leaders' share insights on global food security

    In recognition of World Food Day on 16 October, industry leaders, including CoE-FS Director, Professor Julian May spoke to Farmer’s Weekly about the challenge of global food security.
  • Public Transfers, Private Transfers, and Food Security: Does the source of transfers matter?

    Interview with Dr Stephen Devereux, SARChI for Social Protection in Food Security
  • Experts to discuss the triple burden of malnutrition during the World Nutrition Congress at the University of the Western Cape

    Interview with Professor David Sanders on the impact of malnutrition
  • Food security research gets a focus and a home

    A platform has been launched for researchers to investigate ways to increase food production and improve food security in South Africa, where a quarter of the population still experiences hunger. On
  • African symposium to address plant science, food security & sustainability linkages

    The upcoming African symposium on ‘Sustainable Food Security and Environmental Ecosystems for World Prosperity‘ will explore plant science, food security and environmental sustainability linkages.
  • Food Security: Adversity is the best teacher

    Under “business as usual” conditions, and setting aside the present drought, South Africa does produce sufficient quantities of food to feed the population. Less satisfactory is the quality of fare
  • Western Cape university launches centre in food security

    The University of the Western Cape has a new Centre of Excellence in Food Security. The center, a partnership between UWC and the University of Pretoria, will look at food security in South Africa.
  • Food security challenges

    On April 15, then-minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom launched the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). This is the first previously
  • 'Fake food' spurring the rise in obesity

    In many countries, South Africa included, the same socio-economic circumstances lead to both stunting in malnourished children and obesity: the so-called double burden. But while improving the lives
  • Fighting food fraud — the manipulation, substitution or mislabelling of food

    Traceability could offer consumers guarantee that their food has not been tampered with. Within hours of the International Union of Science and Technology's World Congress ending in Dublin last week,
  • Food insecurity is more than just severe hunger

    Food insecurity in Africa has for too long been muddled with hunger, conjuring up images of famines in Ethiopia in the 1980s, Malawi in the 1990s and more recently in Niger and Somali. Food
  • Micronutrient deficiencies rife in developing countries

    As incomes in developing countries rise people have moved towards eating food that is easy and fast to prepare – convenience foods. This processed food is often energy-dense and high in saturated and
  • Vitamin A aids in beating malnutrition

    Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in the world. About 48% of children between the ages of six months and five years suffer from this deficiency. Vitamin A
  • Healthy food too expensive for most South Africans

    Speaking at the World Nutrition congress at the University of the Western Cape last week, hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, BFAP consultant Hester Vermeulen said the severe drought,
  • Research chair to boost food security research in SA

    “Food insecurity is not caused by lack of food at national level, but by a lack of access to food at the individual level, mainly due to poverty,” says SARChI in social protection for food security
  • South Africa-British research chair initiative launched

    Three first bilateral research chairs between South Africa and the United Kingdom were launched during the Going Global 2016 conference last week. Britain’s Newton Fund is contributing £300,000 (US$43
  • UK-SA Bilateral Research Chair a timely boost for Food Security research in SA

    In the midst of rising food prices coupled with (potentially) the worst drought the country has ever experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost, thanks to
  • Prof. Julian May on the seriousness of food security in SA

    Interview with Professor Julian May, Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security during the 2016 National Science Week event held at the University of the Western Cape