Archive of Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups and Past Events

Interdisciplinary Discussion Group

The FSI interdisciplinary discussion groups started in March 2010 and occur bi-monthly. In order for the valuable work that is shared not to be lost, we are keeping an archive of presentations (where available) here:

May 14, 2012 – Kenneth Charles Mbwanji presented the  fascinating results of his Masters thesis project which is focused on developing more drought resistant strains of wheat using induced mutagenesis.

Improvement of Heat Tolerance in Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Using Induced Mutagenesis

February 27, 2012 – Prof Ailsa Hardie and Prof Alf Botha – “Biochar Amendment of Western Cape Sandy Soil”

Biochar amendment of Western Cape sandy soil

October 3, 2011. – Dr. Sue Jackson (Botany and Zoology) & Prof. Lindy Heinicken (Sociology  & Social Anthropology) -“The sustainability and employment creation potential of bivalve mariculture: A case study of mussel and oyster farms in Saldanha Bay”.

September 16, 2011,  Prof. N. Vink –  “Agricultural policy: implications for Food Security”.

Agricultural policy and food security _ N. V. Vink. September 2011

August 29, 2011,  Prof. Luc D’Hase and Hester Vermeulen – “The Food Security status of Limpopo province”.

Presentation food security limpopo

Limpopo presentation Hester V.

March 2010, Jess Schulschenk- “Sustainable Stellenbosch”

Jess_ March 2010_Local food economies in Stellenbosch

May 2010, C. Chipanda and A. Van der Merwe – “Meat and Meat Products and Post Harvest Apple Losses”

Chrispin Mapanda_Abstract_meat & meat products

A. Van der Merwe _post harvest apple losses_abstract_JH edited

August 2010, Dr. Ed Mabaya and Dr. Kristza Tihani – “Emerging agribusiness in South Africa”

Mabaya Tihanyi Food security seminar

February 2011, Prof Milla McLachlan – “The Southern African Food Change Lab”

Food lab FSI presentation

April 2011, Prof Louw Hoffman – “The meat we eat from a Food Security Perspective”

The meat we eat FSI April 2011

June 2011, Gareth Haysom – “Stellenbosch Food Security System Strategy”

Stellenbosch Food System Strategy

FSI in Dehli at IFPRI ‘Leveriging Agriculture for improving Nutrition and Health‘. Prof McLachlan and Opara both spoke at the international event. Click on the link to see their presentation as well as others.  IFPRI Agriculture and Food Security

Recent and upcoming events

The first combined symposium entitled “Working towards a Food Secure South Africa was held on  26th October 2011 and was a great day of many different parties coming together, sharing knowledge and discussing how we can better work together towards the task of a food secure South Africa. The day was hosted by Stellenbosch Univerity, UCT, UWC and CPUT at the CPUT campus. The programme for the day along with the two posters that were not on the free CD are available below.  If you would like any of the other posters that were shown on the day please feel free to contact Julia Harper at .

Programme_Combined Food Security Symposium 2001

Olivier et al_symposium poster

Food Security Symposium Poster – Pleiad Foundation

consumer protection act_Food symposium 2011

Food Symposium Urban challenges presentation


The FSI forms part of an international consortium on Food Security. This group met recently in Singapore and a press release pertaining to the event is available here;Press Release GlCoFS

On the 29th October 2010 the FSI had its first symposium.  The slides and additional material are available on the ‘archives’ page.

Food Security Initiative Symposium

Each year we intend on holding a symposium day to share research findings and discuss current issues pertinent to Food Security rhetoric.  Here are some of the posters and presentations that were shared in October 2010.

Food Security Symposium Oct2010_J. Volmink opening talk

The Challenge of Urban Food Security -Prof D.Simon presentation

FoodSecurityWshop_Mark Swillings presentation

Haysom et al poster

Anreza v.d.merwe_Apple segmentation

Human nutrition poster

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