Africa is not broken: A tale of African innovation in food and well-being
Posted on October 22, 2019
The picture often painted of Africa is one of hunger, corruption and a general state of disrepair. We do not typically hear of the successes that Africa is driving. For example, several African countries have reduced malnutrition over the past 15 years, some by as much as 50%.
Flocking: How sharing resources lays the foundation of African Prosperity
Posted on October 20, 2019
Nomonde Ntsundwana, a teacher at a Nelson Mandela Metropol primary school, has taken her role of educator beyond the classroom. As a champion of nutrition and school gardens, she leads a strong team of teachers, students and community members that supports the production of nutritious food...
Hettie Schönfeldt receives the Nevin Scrimshaw Award Lecture
Posted on October 17, 2019
Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, director of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by the University of Pretoria and holder of a Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative...
Beating hunger: How aeroponics could provide the solution to feeding 10 billion people
Posted on October 16, 2019
By 2050, we will need to produce at least 50% more food than we do currently to feed 10 billion people. However, over half the land in the world is already used to produce food, and agriculture has a significant negative impact on the environment.
Another prestigious international award for UP environmental economist Prof Rashid Hassan
Posted on October 09, 2019
Professor Rashid Hassan, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been awarded the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) 2020 Boulding...
Professor Sheryl Hendriks: Making a difference in people’s lives through food security research
Posted on August 30, 2019
In this edition of our #WomenofUP series we speak to Professor Sheryl Hendriks, the University’s first female Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development.
Empowering four young women this women’s month
Posted on August 08, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development was recently represented by four brilliant female students at the 9th annual PMA Fresh Connections: Southern African conference and trade show in Cape Town. The conference and trade show ran...
Breastfeeding is a father's responsibility
Posted on August 02, 2019
Walking into a local clinic in Malawi, you will be faced with images calling for men to take a more active role in children and mother’s health. Some of the messages boldly challenge what we consider to be normal, explicitly stating that “Exclusive breastfeeding is a husband’s...