2 Oct 2015: Launch of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report in South Africa

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The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, co-hosted by the Universities of the Western Cape and Pretoria and the International Food Policy Research Institute, hosted the SA launch of the second Global Nutrition Report in Johannesburg on 2 October 2015. Each panelist was pressed by the Panel Chair, Eric Buch (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria) to explain what their sector is doing to address South Africa’s nutrition problems.

Professor Lawrence Haddad GNR in hand

Professor Lawrence Haddad wiht the GNR in hand. The GNR offers a comprehensive summary and scorecard on both global and country level progress on all forms of nutrition for 193 countries.


A panel of experts discussed interventions to promote sustainable, nutrition–led policies.




The thought-provoking facts in the presentation, lively panel discussion and engaging question and answer session highlighted the need for innovative thinking in how South Africa can get traction on reducing the prevalence of malnutrition.



Professor Sheryl Hendiks

CoE-FS co-director Professor Sheryl Hendiks (UP), delivered the welcome address at the launch of the 2015 Glonal Nutrition Report (GNR)


The panel included government representatives from agriculture, social development, health rural development and land reform as well as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the well known singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


Professor Lawrence Haddad presented an overview of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report to an eager-to-engage multi-sectoral audience, at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg on Friday 2 October, 2015.


Professor Hettie Schönfeldt of the University of Pretoria speaking on nutrition challenges facing South Africa


Over 100 South Africans attended the launch of the 2015 GNR, from multiple government departments, academia, civil society, the private sector, and media.

JM GNR launch 1Oct2015

CoE-FS Direcor, Professor Julian May delivered the closing remarks following a thought-provoking GNR presentation


In his presentation Professor Haddad called for increased levels of commitment, and provided South Africa with encouraging examples from other countries that have succeed in reaching their nutrition targets