Talk on Food Security in Cape Town

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments by

Professor Julian May, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at University of the Western Cape
will present a talk entitled “Is South Africa Food Secure?  And if not, what can be done?“ on 17th June at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Abstract: Most measures of food security report that South Africa is food secure. Sufficient food energy per capita is produced and the country maintains a favourable food balance sheet. Further, the percentage of the population who report that they are food insecure has more than halved since 2001.  However, South Africa faces a triple burden of malnutrition.  Firstly hunger has persisted with the stunting prevalence of children remaining unchanged since 1993, and excessive compared to countries with a similar Gross National Income. At the same time, there is rising prevalence of obese and over-weight children and adults, and an increasing prevalence of non-communicable disease.  The underlying cause of this apparent contradiction may be the country’s capacity to absorb the stresses of urbanisation and a nutrition transition.

About the Speaker : Professor Julian May is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at UWC which was established in 2014.   He is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Department of Social Policy, Oxford University and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
Between 1994 and 1998, Prof. May led the Poverty and Inequality Report, the first review of South Africa’s poverty reduction policies in the post-apartheid era.  Internationally, he has worked on an evaluation of the World Bank’s social fund program in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zambia and Malawi, bio-diversity studies in Mozambique and Namibia, poverty reduction strategy in Lesotho, Zambia and Uganda, and on monitoring and evaluation in Mauritius, Maldives, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
He was the principal researcher for the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Survey (KIDS), a ten year panel study of poverty dynamics. With the support of funding received from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union, these data are being further analysed in a project being conducted with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cape Town.
He has edited 3 books, published over 55 papers in books and academic journals, and produced more than 120 working papers, research reports and other publications.   His research interests are poverty and inequality, agrarian reform, and impact assessment methodologies.


*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).



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