News & Comment

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    A new feature published on the University of Pretoria's (UP) Research Matters website focuses on the work by a team of researchers led by Professor Lise Korsten, who leads the food safety research programme at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), which is co-hosted by UP and the University of the Western Cape. …
  • Friday, September 8, 2017
    More than 23 years into democracy, the legacy of apartheid remains visible across all spheres of society, including the academic and science workforce. It is within this context that the 2017 DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Director's Forum (CDF2017) – hosted at the Nelson Mandela University Business School – focused on transformation …
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    The 2017 edition of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) annual Directors Forum kicked of today – 31 August 2017 – at the Nelson Mandela University Business School in Port Elizabeth.  The theme for this year’s Directors’ Forum is “Triumvirate Transformation in the CoEs” with special …
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    A ‘useful understanding’ of how food insecurity is experienced and how it can be addressed, is hampered by the large number of interpretations of how best to evaluate and measure it. This is according to a new study published by PLOS ONE on 22 August 2017. The study – a web-based systematic review – was funded by the DST- …
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Researchers, activists and students have gathered at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) for a two day colloquium to discuss challenges facing the South African and African food system. The global food system is characterised by increasing concentration and financialisation. …
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing. Across Africa, many governments and international development agencies are promoting large-scale land titling as the solution. In the South African context, some commentators …
  • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF), in partnership the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, has submitted written input to the “Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry.” Initiated by South Africa’s …
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Two hundred and twenty-seven million of the world’s chronically hungry live in Africa. This translates to approximately 30% of this group globally. Seven out of ten people living in sub-Saharan Africa are farmers (compared to that of the United States, where the ratio is two out of a hundred.) Africa holds half of the world’s arable …
  • Monday, June 26, 2017
    “What do we do when we eat?” This may sound like a simple question, but its simplicity belies the importance and value that we attach to eating. There are social and cultural biases, religious prohibitions, as well as ethical concerns around the food we consume. Therefore any discussions about food security would be incomplete without …
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    Collaborative research involving local and international researchers has created an intervention strategy to help improve the diet and lifestyle of schoolchildren in South Africa. Referred to as TEARS (theory, education, application, research, satisfactory outputs), the intervention strategy aims to instill good lifestyle and eating habits …