The Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition’s Food Sustainability Index (FSI) 2017 ranks 34 countries across three pillars: sustainable agriculture; nutritional challenges; and food loss and … more
Caption: The South Africa’s Child Support Grant was introduced in 1998 under the social security programme with the objective of improving the well-being of young children.
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Caption: Researchers affiliated with the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, have replaced some of the oil in a mayonnaise formulation with a teff and maize starch paste
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Prof Hettie Schönfeldt, Director of the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by the University of Pretoria (UP), and an associate of the Institute of … more
Working Papers Description: By Stephen Devereux, Tessa Hochfeld, Abdulrazak This working paper draws on the proceedings of a ‘National Workshop on School Feeding in South Africa’, convened in November 2017 by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. Workshop participants engaged with unresolved debates in school feeding, notably its objectives and impacts, which include food security and nutrition, education access and outcomes, intergenerational poverty reduction, employment creation and support to local agriculture. In South Africa, the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) currently provides meals to over 9 million learners. The NSNP has two other pillars – Nutrition Education and Deworming, and Sustainable Food Production – but 96% of the budget goes to school feeding. School food gardens can increase children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables and function as ‘outdoor classrooms’, but less than half of NSNP schools have a food garden. No rigorous impact evaluation of the NSNP has yet been conducted, partly for methodological reasons – notably the challenge of identifying a control group – but a comparison of NSNP with an NGO-run in-school breakfast programme found that adding a second meal led to enhanced positive impacts on learners’ nutritional status, school attendance and learner performance. NGOs and public-private partnerships are making important contributions, either by expanding the coverage of school feeding or by piloting innovative modalities. South Africa can also learn from experiences in other countries, such as Brazil, Lesotho and Namibia, for instance with alternative models such as local procurement and ‘home-grown school feeding’. Keywords: School feeding, food security, nutrition, education, social protection, South Africa
Keywords: School feeding, food security, nutrition, education, social protection, South Africa
Despite clear interconnections between gender, hunger and poverty, the gendered dimensions of food security remain little explored in South Africa. “Most studies focus on food availability, … more
Despite Donald Trump’s views about “African immigrants to the US”, the people of Africa have much to celebrate and be proud of, so said Professor Tyrone Pretorius, Rector of the … more
A Caesar salad of lettuce, croutons and cheese can be deceptively unhealthy, depending on how much fat is in the mayonnaise dressing going on top. Dollops of this popular condiment can contain up to 7 … more
South Africa needs to find ways to bring back traditional foods, to make them hip and attractive again to help fight malnutrition and food insecurity.
That was the call on the final day of the … more
By the admission of the three speakers taking part in the debate on social protection – the closing session on third day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security – the & … more