Foreign agriculture investments don’t always threaten food security: the case of Madagascar
Posted on September 02, 2020
Large-scale land acquisitions have been increasing in developing countries following the 2007/8 high food price crisis. Countries with limited agricultural potential, like Gulf states, have been driving foreign acquisitions in developing countries. Many developing country governments see these...
World Humanitarian Aid Day: Can we respond to a COVID-19 triggered food crisis the traditional way?
Posted on August 19, 2020
Many countries have yet to feel the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – which will certainly not be limited to the health of the people. Government restrictions, attempts to adapt, and the direct effects of the disease are likely to change the way people earn a living. Humanitarian...
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...
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...
What drives policy reform? A cross-country review of micronutrient policy change in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia
Posted on June 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the sluggishness of governments in addressing significant development challenges. This is especially true for the areas of food security and nutrition. Our recently published paper highlights bottlenecks in the policy process that stall effective implementation.
Food safety in informal food hubs takes a back seat because of Covid-19
Posted on June 11, 2020
The informal food sector in South Africa fulfils an essential role in the fight against hunger and is a R360-billion a year industry. But it has been walloped by the national lockdown, which has had a severe impact on the 70% of residents of informal settlements who buy from these traders.
‘COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Africa to prioritise food security’ – UP academic
Posted on June 09, 2020
While it will take time to fully understand the scope of COVID-19’s impact on food and agriculture, we can look at the current state of food systems in Africa and what countries are doing to ensure that the food security of tens of millions of people does not succumb to the worst...
WORLD OCEANS DAY: COVID-19 presents an opportunity to reverse the marginalisation of small-scale fishers – UP experts
Posted on June 08, 2020
Small-scale fishers in South Africa remain significantly marginalised, and the emergence of COVID-19 has worsened the situation.
Good gut health could be a key line of defence against viral infections – UP food science academics
Posted on May 29, 2020
Although there is no specific research that shows the positive effects of high-fibre foods in helping to fight against COVID-19, some existing research has suggested its beneficial effects against viral infection. A healthy, balanced diet that includes dietary fibre found in fruits and...
World Nutrition Day 2020: Ending hunger requires political commitment to safeguarding food security, writes UP expert
Posted on May 28, 2020
On World Nutrition Day 2020 (28 May annually), we are once again reminded that the world produces more than 1½ times enough food to feed all 7.8 billion people on earth. In spite of this, however, 821 million people globally face economic hardships leading to hunger and malnutrition.
Maintaining a healthy diet during lockdown
Posted on May 26, 2020
As we slowly settle into the “new normal” of doing work and school in isolation, many of us are also finding it difficult to keep up with our health, especially maintaining a healthy diet. While the strict lockdown and physical distancing regulations are making access to food a bit...
Adapting to the new normal: Business as usual in unusual times – CoC experience
Posted on May 18, 2020
Covid-19 is challenging researchers to develop new approaches to working. Innovation and perseverance lie at the core of these new approaches. The Collaborative Centre on Economics of Agricultural Research and Development (CoC), with its facility hosted at University of Pretoria (UP) recently...
Flowers - breakthrough for Food Security- Malawi
Posted on May 15, 2020
As the shadow of food insecurity is refusing to disappear in Malawi, a South African based florist has tipped the country to revamp its idea of investing in the cut flower industry as this has the potential to augment tobacco farming, the main forex earner.
South Africa needs a national food security council to fend off starvation
Posted on May 12, 2020
For millions of poor households across Africa affected by lockdowns, the threat of contracting Covid-19 may be more distant than the very real fear of hunger. Many are indefinitely trapped in cramped homes with multiple household members, wondering how they will find the means to survive hunger.
UP academic develops animated video series for COVID-19 awareness campaign
Posted on May 07, 2020
An academic from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP) has developed a series of animated videos that aim to educate the public about COVID-19, which has infected more than 3,5 million people globally and claimed the lives of more than 247 000.
How South Africa can feed its hungry children during the lockdown
Posted on April 29, 2020
Small children require five to six small meals a day. While extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures, lockdown cannot afford to put children’s growth and development on hold. There is no overcoming the loss in human potential if we do not protect and provide for children.
GINA: A policymaker’s guide to integrating gender in food and nutrition policies
Posted on April 29, 2020
GINA: A policymaker’s guide to integrating gender in food and nutrition policies is a six-part series that defines technical concepts related to gender. More videos available here: http://bit.ly/38tGSC3
‘We found a way to reduce gender bias in Malawi’s nutrition policy’ – UP researchers
Posted on March 04, 2020
Many policies emphasise the role of women in nutrition policies because in many societies cooking is considered to be a woman’s responsibility. By focusing on women, these policies are thought to be gender-responsive. But that’s often not the case.