Good gut health could be a key line of defence against viral infections – UP food science academics
Posted on May 29, 2020
Although there is no specific research that shows the positive effects of high-fibre foods in helping to fight against COVID-19, some existing research has suggested its beneficial effects against viral infection. A healthy, balanced diet that includes dietary fibre found in fruits and...
Maintaining a healthy diet during lockdown
Posted on May 26, 2020
As we slowly settle into the “new normal” of doing work and school in isolation, many of us are also finding it difficult to keep up with our health, especially maintaining a healthy diet. While the strict lockdown and physical distancing regulations are making access to food a bit...
Adapting to the new normal: Business as usual in unusual times – CoC experience
Posted on May 18, 2020
Covid-19 is challenging researchers to develop new approaches to working. Innovation and perseverance lie at the core of these new approaches. The Collaborative Centre on Economics of Agricultural Research and Development (CoC), with its facility hosted at University of Pretoria (UP) recently...
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.
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: http://bit.ly/38tGSC3
UP study flags financial inclusion gap for women smallholder farmers in Nigeria as obstacle in efforts towards achieving sustainable development
Posted on March 10, 2020
Women smallholder farmers in Nigeria are involved in all aspects of agriculture. This ranges from producing food on farms to putting it on plates. They’re involved in planting crops, livestock production, harvesting, marketing and processing of farm produce as well as food preparation and...
‘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.