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South Africa: New Research Centre to Boost Food Security
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 25, 2014

The department said it will not look at agricultural productivity in isolation, but will take a "farm-to-fork" approach.
“Studies show that food insecurity is widespread in South Africa, where more than 60% of the population is urbanised,” the department said.
Approximately 57% of South Africans live below the poverty line (meaning that some days there is no food).

According to the department, chronic malnutrition affects one in five young children in both rural and urban areas, and about 80% of households in South Africa are unable to afford nutritionally balanced meals.

“For South Africa to be food secure, food needs to be available both nationally and locally, and people have to have the means to access it (either producing it themselves, or buying or bartering for it).

“People also need to have the knowledge to make informed choices about what they eat,” the department said.
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