News & Comment

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Food prices need to rise, so farmers can be fairly reimbursed. Then the money from the subsidies they will no longer need to make a decent living can be repurposed to take care of the poor.  That was the provocative view expressed by Dr Hans Herren, president of the Millennium Institute and founder and chairman of the Biovision Foundation, …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Shocking levels of food waste in South Africa, where one-third of all food produced is dumped while 14 million people go hungry, has prompted the government to investigate the efficacy of existing date labelling.  Misunderstanding of expiry dates on foods is a major factor contributing to the country’s extreme levels of food waste, …
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Even though women produce between 43 and 80 percent of the world’s food supply, only about one percent of women own the land on which they produce the food – and this is having a negative impact on food and nutrition security.  This was the view put forward by Dr Joyce Chitja, of the African Centre of Food Security at …
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    Professor Ken Giller didn’t quite answer the question he posed in the title of his presentation – The future of farming: Who will produce our food? – but he did make it clear that any answer is complex. Giller, of the Wageningen Centre for Agroecology and Systems Analysis in The Netherlands, was speaking on the second day of the …
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    We will be streaming select panels from the 3rd International Confernce on Global Food Security Conference taking place at the CTICC 2 from 3 - 6 December 2017  Live feed here
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    The city of Melbourne in Australia generates around 900 000 tonnes of edible food waste per year, a rate of 207 kg per person. This wasted food requires 3,6 million hectares of land, 180 gigalitres of water to produce each year - and the production of this food would generate 2,5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emission. This was the …
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    The need for ongoing research to help small farmers in Africa improve their yield has been called into question, with two diametrically opposed views emerging at the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, held in Cape Town on December 3 – 6, 2017.  Sufficient research had already been done, technologies were in place, …
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    We all know that water is key to any agricultural endeavour, but what happens if the water is affecting the produce and making people sick? This was under discussion in a symposium Characterising and tracking of antimicrobial resistance in the water-plant-food public health interface: An emerging water, sanitation and hygiene issue, held on the …
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    Malnutrition - including over- and under-nutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies are the top contributors to the global disease burden. Globally, 800 million people are under-nourished, two billion are overweight or obese and two billion are micro nutrient deficient. These were the sobering figures presented today by Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, …
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
    Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally.  That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on …