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  • 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...

  • USTAWI: Combatting hidden hunger in Africa

    Posted on July 29, 2019

    We often mistakenly assume that malnutrition is visible and manifests in physical appearance. However, there is a form of malnutrition that is not visible and occurs when a person is not getting enough vitamins and minerals from their food. For example, iron deficiency anaemia can be caused by...

  • The Chameleon: Improving water use, food supply and incomes

    Posted on July 02, 2019

    Globally 1.1 billion people lack access to water and 2.7 billion experience water scarcity for at least one month of the year. Agriculture takes up 60% of freshwater usage. A typical farmer spends a significant amount of time and money irrigating their plots. They often do not realise that they...

  • How combining and fermenting grains can help nutrition in Africa

    Posted on May 27, 2019

    With the emergence of climate change, alternative solutions are needed to improve the availability of food. This is particularly true in Africa where most countries rely on rain to water their plants. Consequently, food becomes scarce during periods of drought.

  • Environmental economist, Prof Rashid Hassan, elected to the US National Academy of Sciences

    Posted on May 05, 2019

    Prof Rashid Mekki Hassan received one of the highest honours in science by being elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS). On 30th April, the NAS announced the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing...

  • University of Pretoria team shares reflections on influencing policy change

    Posted on March 20, 2019

    A team of researchers from the University of Pretoria recently showcased the influence of their policy research at a Food Security Policy Innovation Lab (FSP) Reflection Workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop sought to profile the work carried out under the USAID-funded programme led by...

  • 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.

  • UP academic, ‘a fighter against hunger'

    Posted on July 03, 2018

    Hunger is on the rise again worldwide, despite the rapid progress needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Currently, one person in three is...

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