Agricultural Policy and Food Security

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics

Areas of Food Security (Access, Availability, Utilization) that Projects fall under:

Food availability and access to food

How does the Project fit in with the FSI vision?

The FSI vision calls inter alia for “the creation of new models of practice in the food system, through the integration of findings from in-depth research on key issues in the food value chain, collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, capacity building, and systematic impact assessment.” In this regard, this project will a) focus on specific aspects of the relationship between agricultural policy and food security as elaborated below; and b) assist other projects in the FSI initiative with the policy-related aspects of their research.

Goals of the Project

The core purpose of the research is to investigate key aspects of the relationship between agricultural policy and food security in the South and Southern African context. To this end, the initial focus will be on three aspects, namely a) climate change and food security; b) the role of agribusiness; and c) supply response.

What is the duration of the study?

The expected duration is 3 years (t2009 – 2012)

What funding opportunities exist for the project?

To date, partnerships have been established with:

  1. Market Matters, Inc. of Cornell University
  2. Imperial College, University of London
  3. University of Antwerp

Contact details

Professor Nick Vink
Chair: Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 8084899

Agricultural Economics have a few projects running on Food Security and several aspects thereof. These projects are part of the wider Food Security Initiative (FSI) that is one of the HOPE projects from Stellenbosch University. The FSI was privileged to have Prof Luc d’Hease, a partner in the ‘Food Security and climate change’ project to come and share some of the findings of the work that they have been doing in KZN on food security challenges at the household level. This work was as a follow-up to the LIMA study in 2008 that was funded by the flemish government and the findings will be of interest to various stakeholders. Prof Van Rooyen and Prof Vink will be able to give you the full details of this. From the food security initiative’s perspective this work is important as it adds to the body of understanding of food insecurity in South Africa and helps us to understand how we can change this to food security.


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