Research News

  • IAP - Academies discuss Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture

    Posted on April 09, 2017

    Professor Sheryl Hendriks, Director of the University of Pretoria's Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being joined some 40 experts from more than 20 countries at the headquarters of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, in Halle, Germany during 2 - 5 April to compare and...

  • Master's student in Food Science wins Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship

    Posted on April 04, 2017

    Itumeleng Magabane, a second-year MScAgric student in Food Science and Technology at the University of Pretoria was recently awarded the Brian Koeppen Memorial scholarship of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST).

  • What do we need to do next to make food systems more nutrition sensitive?

    Posted on February 17, 2017

    Over the past few years, global discussions on how to link agriculture and nutrition have moved to a more proactive approach – pondering how to make the entire food system nutrition sensitive. However, as food systems advance, they can also create unhealthy food environments that...

  • Why it's hard to control the Fall armyworm in southern Africa

    Posted on February 15, 2017

    The Fall armyworm poses a serious threat to African agriculture and food security, and according to Prof Kerstin Kruger, its arrival is a particularly heavy blow for southern Africa which is just recovering from a severe drought.

  • South Africa’s sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

    Posted on February 03, 2017

    South Africa's much-debated sugar tax is due to kick in from April 1 2017. It aims to reduce people's sugar consumption by upping the price of sugar-sweetened beverages. Hettie Schönfeldt, Nicolette Hall and Beulah Pretorius say the tax is absolutely crucial to tackle the spike in...

  • Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up

    Posted on January 13, 2017

    Insects have often been described with words like "disgusting" and the idea of eating them horrifies some people. But this needs to change as they can be an important food source. Dr Saliou Niassy of the Univeristy of Pretoria and Sunday Ekesi of ICIPE explain why.

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

    Posted on December 13, 2016

    A recently completed study in Malawi shows that participatory governance, which emphasises citizen participation in governmental processes could support the practical implementation of gender equality.

  • Dr Jongman wins GlobalGAP Best Poster Award

    Posted on December 12, 2016

    Dr Gape Jongman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won an award for the best poster at the GlobalGAP Summit 2016.

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