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Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being

Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW)

The University of Pretoria has embarked on a plan to strengthen it research profile through developing unique cross-University research thrusts that address complex societal issues of strategic importance. One of these Institutional Research Themes (IRTs) is Food, Nutrition and Well-being.

The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being has been established to provide a platform for the interaction of over 70 UP colleagues associated with this IRT (click here for a list of expertise associated with the Institute). The Institute seeks to address the underlying vulnerabilities and find ways of building a more resilient agriculture and food system to reduce hunger and malnutrition and promote consumption behaviour that ensures human productivity and overall well-being.

This theme focuses on providing a platform to bring together the University’s extensive expertise related to food security across five faculties and over 15 disciplines (click here for a list of these disciplines).

The five Faculties involved are Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Health Sciences, Education, Law and Veterinary Science.



Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science - 29/09/2014
From Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being

The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UPís Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.

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A new generation of research-driven leaders in agriculture - 28/08/2014
From Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being

South Africa is a fertile land, so how is it that we have to date been unable to effectively feed our people? According to Mr Shaun Berry of BASF-Becker Underwood, a company involved in a joint research grant partnership with the University of Pretoria and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), not enough research is currently being done to develop new technology for South African farmers.

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