UP research focuses on women in African agriculture
Posted on August 12, 2020
As we celebrate Women’s Month in South Africa, it is a fitting time to reflect on the role of women in food and nutrition security on the African continent.
World-renowned sensory-consumer scientist appointed extraordinary professor at UP
Posted on July 29, 2020
Prominent sensory-consumer scientist Professor Hely Tuorila, professor emeritus at the University of Helsinki in Finland, has been appointed an extraordinary professor in the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Consumer and Food Sciences.
Partnerships are crucial for delivering food for Africa in a transforming agri-food system in the ‘new normal’, say experts at regional universities forum webinar
Posted on July 22, 2020
The recently awarded Food Systems Research Network for Africa, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pretoria, the University of Leeds and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, is a good example of partnerships for building capacity that are key for...
University of Pretoria number one of Twenty Four (24) RUFORUM Network Universities ranked among top 100 Universities in African in 2020
Posted on July 16, 2020
Many policies to widen access to University Education in Africa have been put in place by several Governments. As a result, there has been an increase in demand for Universities to demonstrate the value for money invested in Higher Education. In Africa, many Universities are consistently doing...
UP-led consortium wins grant to boost food systems transformation in Africa
Posted on July 10, 2020
PRETORIA – The University of Pretoria (UP), in partnership with the University of Leeds and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), has been awarded a grant of £2 million (R43 million) to set up a Food Systems Research Network (FSNet-Africa).
New research announced with leading African Universities
Posted on July 09, 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is delighted to announce the outcomes from its African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) partnership research programme to tackle global challenges such as disease, poverty, climate change, fragile states and food insecurity.
The awards being made through...
We must protect children’s access to nutritious food during and beyond the pandemic, writes UP expert
Posted on July 08, 2020
Food insecurity and malnutrition are not new to the African continent. Millions of lives are lost each year because of hunger. Many of these are children. The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the sluggishness of African governments in addressing food insecurity and has also fuelled the demand to...
LeadUP online series: “Africa cannot afford a situation where a food crisis outweighs a health crisis” – panellist on food security in Africa amid COVID-19
Posted on June 30, 2020
COVID-19 has had a severe effect on the supply and demand of food production, and could lead to a severe food security crisis unless Africa has the most appropriate policies in place.
World Milk Day: ‘Milk and dairy products are an important component of a prudent diet’ writes UP expert
Posted on June 01, 2020
World Milk Day on 1 June is an international day established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.
ANALYSIS: Food aid parcels in South Africa could do with a better nutritional balance
Posted on April 24, 2020
Food insecurity is a reality for many South African households, with approximately 50% of households living under the poverty line and not being able to afford basic healthy eating. Low-income households typically spend about a third of total expenditure on food.
Capacity building for food composition data in Africa
Posted on March 31, 2020
During the early-European winter, 24 participants from 20 countries attended a one-week training course on The Production and Use of Food Composition Data in Nutrition. The course was offered by the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University and Graduate School VLAG (The Netherlands) in...
[LISTEN] Pasha 52: Taking a look at healthy food in South Africa
Posted on February 21, 2020
Professor Lise Korsten, co-director at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of Pretoria, discusses the importance of healthy food. She also looks at the steps that can be taken to ensure that outbreaks like the listeriosis outbreak that recently hit South Africa hard do not...
Posted on January 14, 2020
AFROFOODS is a network of African countries with their national organisations and experts for food composition data. The aim is to support and harmonise national collection and management of food composition data. AFROFOODS was established in September 1994 in Ghana and is part of the...
University of Pretoria: Striving to Feed 10 Billion People by 2050
Posted on December 05, 2019
One year ago United Nations Academic Impact announced the inauguration of the UNAI SDG Hubs, UNAI member institutions selected as exemplars for their innovative scholarship and engagement related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) who serve as resources for best practices for the UNAI...
African scientists working together to solve Food insecurity using digital technology
Posted on November 27, 2019
The world is being ushered into a new industrial future, which is set to change in a fundamental way, how people live daily. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be fundamentally different from earlier industrial revolutions in its scope and complexity, as well as its scale. The rate, depth and...
Exploring the unknown territory of big data in the food and agricultural landscape
Posted on November 25, 2019
The 2nd African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) conference was held in Nairobi from 18-20 November. This biennial event brings together the brightest minds from across Africa to foster diaglog on key development issues and how it can be addressed - in Africa for Africa. This years’...
UP and partners awarded grant to evaluate South African sodium targets for processed food
Posted on November 21, 2019
The University of Pretoria and its partners have been awarded a grant to evaluate how well the South African food industry is complying with sodium targets for processed foods, and to develop monitoring systems around mandatory sodium targets in such foods.
ARUA Second Biennial Conference
Posted on November 11, 2019
Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a Role for Research Universities
UP Awarded: ARUA – UKRI GCRF Partnership Programme for Capacity Building
Posted on October 21, 2019
UKRI GCRF has approved a grant for $600 000 to UP over three years. Refer to:
ARUA CoE Food Security Director and PI is Prof Hettie Schönfeldt
African countries are confronted with a triple...
UP’s Prof Hettie Schönfeldt receives prestigious Nevin Scrimshaw Award
Posted on October 18, 2019
Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director of the ARUA Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by UP and holder of a DST/NRF SARChl chair in the National Development Plan Priority Area of Nutrition and Food Security, was announced as the recipient of the distinguished Nevin Scrimshaw Award and...