African Development Bank Community of Practice on Agriculture and Covid-19 seminar

Posted on June 01, 2020

Professor Hettie Schönfeldt, holder of a  Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative chair (SARChl) in the National Development Plan Priority Area of Nutrition and Food Security which is hosted in the Department of Animal Science participated as representative of the University of Pretoria at the recent virtual African Development Bank Community of Practice on Agriculture and COVID-19 seminar (18 & 19 May 2020). She facilitated a brainstorming session on Building Resilience in Food Systems and Agricultural Value Chains: Agricultural Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Africa with researchers from Singapore, Mauritius, Malawi, Nigeria and Australia.

The outbreak of COVID-19 is called a black swan phenomenon, of which the outbreak of COVID-19 is a prime example: entirely unexpected, and completely unpredictable. Monotonous diets which mainly include inexpensive, energy-dense, nutrient-poor (staple) foods further aggravate the emerging epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases. Undernourished people have weaker immune systems and may be at a greater risk of severe illness due to the virus.”

Published by Martie Meyer

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2022. All rights reserved.

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

To contact the University during the COVID-19 lockdown, please send an email to [email protected]

Click here for frequently asked questions for first year UP students

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences