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Welcome to the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being

The University of Pretoria Institute provides a platform that brings together extensive expertise related to food security across seven faculties and over 35 disciplines (click here for a list of expertise associated with the Institute).The Institute has over one hundred expert Associates and 65 postgraduate students. This critical mass of researchers seeks to address food insecurity and to find ways of building a more resilient agriculture and food system to reduce hunger and malnutrition, and to promote consumption behaviour that ensures human productivity and overall well-being.

Our focus is on applying science to solving issues related to producing more food in sustainable ways, food safety, exploiting the health-promoting properties of foods to improve nutrition, influencing what people eat and investigating the impact of policies on food security. 

The Institute co-hosts the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and UP's Institutional Research Theme on Food, Nutrition and Well-being. 

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Cape Town, South Africa will be the venue of the 2018 global sorghum conference, “Sorghum in the 21st Century: Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World,” on April 9-12, 2018. The conference, the first of its kind in over 30 years, will see hundreds of participants from around the world, including researchers, grain industry representatives, business entrepreneurs, governmental organizations, development practitioners and more. Sorghum’s versatility as a staple nutritious food crop, specialty gluten-free ingredient, livestock feedstuff and biofuel source makes it a key commodity that is poised to help address looming global concerns, including food security, climate change, clean energy and environmental sustainability.

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