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  • 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 08, 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:

  • ‘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.

  • New book provides insight into contemporary food security issues

    Posted on March 04, 2020

    Food insecurity is a major obstacle to development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a complex issue that cuts across traditional sectors in government and disciplines in academia. Understanding how multiple elements cause and influence food security is essential for...

  • Wishing the remarkable Prof Hassan well on his new calling

    Posted on March 03, 2020

    With immense pride and a measure of sadness, the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development bid Prof Rashid Hassan, Emeritus Professor and former founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) adieu.

  • Tackling HIV through Better Nutrition in Africa

    Posted on January 15, 2020

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are still global problems, with Africa remaining as the most affected continent. In this region of the world, according to UNAIDS data almost 500,000 deaths in 2018 were associated with HIV and AIDS related diseases...

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