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  • Op-Ed: African countries’ policies must shift to achieve zero hunger

    Posted on October 30, 2018

    For the third year in a row, hunger is rising across the world. And, as a recent report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation shows, the situation is worsening in most regions in Africa. Almost 21% of the continent’s population of 1,216 billion is undernourished.

  • ‘South Africa is not immune from global hunger epidemic’: UP academic sounds warning on World Food Day

    Posted on October 16, 2018

    The 2018 UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report reveals a sad and urgent reality: World hunger is on the rise again. The report shows a third consecutive year of increase, with the number of undernourished people worldwide increasing to...

  • Women’s day: Men celebrating women

    Posted on August 08, 2018

    Men have a vested interest in women's empowerment and gender equality. However, men may be reluctant to participate in child care and nutrition because it is regarded by society as women's work. As part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security, we embarked on a study that showed...

  • When men tackle mother and child health: lessons from Malawi

    Posted on August 08, 2018

    University of Pretoria PhD candidate Elizabeth Mkandawire's study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.

  • Women’s day: Men celebrating women

    Posted on August 08, 2018

    Men have a vested interest in women's empowerment and gender equality. However, men may be reluctant to participate in child care and nutrition because it is regarded by society as women's work. As part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security, we embarked on a study that showed...

  • Towards zero hunger

    Posted on July 27, 2018

    Prof Pell explained that the ‘Zero Hunger’ goal was not just to end world hunger but also to achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. “Food security is when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and...

  • UP academic, students excel in case study competition

    Posted on July 17, 2018

    University of Pretoria (UP) academic, Dr Melissa van der Merwe and students Jodie Vosloo and Paige Bowen were part of two teams that excelled in a case study competition at the recent International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) Conference.

  • Ever considered sorghum?

    Posted on July 17, 2018

    Grain sorghum is not just for making soft porridge; it has many other uses. Climate change has sparked renewed interest in the crop in South Africa, says Prof John Taylor of the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria.

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