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  • Beating hunger: How aeroponics could provide the solution to feeding 10 billion people

    Posted on October 16, 2019

    By 2050, we will need to produce at least 50% more food than we do currently to feed 10 billion people. However, over half the land in the world is already used to produce food, and agriculture has a significant negative impact on the environment.

  • Malawi study highlights the importance of men in childcare and nutrition

    Posted on September 25, 2019

    Walking into a local clinic in Malawi, you will likely find posters with images calling on men to take a more active role in housework and children’s and mother’s health. Such messages have become a common feature, attesting to changing times in the country. Our study of in rural...

  • 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...

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

    Posted on August 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 August 02, 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.

  • USTAWI: Combatting hidden hunger in Africa

    Posted on August 01, 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...

  • 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...

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