2016 Autumn International Scientific Conference on Food Security and Safety

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) in collaboration with the HSRC and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa will be holding an international conference on Food Security and Safety from 16 to 18 May 2016.

The conference theme is Improving Food Security and Safety for Sustainability in Africa.

Venue: School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Food security and safety concept: The transition in the concept of Food Security from the 1950s to date has been strategic and inclusive towards ensuring sustainable access and availability of safe and nutritious foods. The trend has shifted from "self-sufficiency in major staples" through to "access to sufficient food (Food and Agricultural Organization's World Food Conference of 1974)", to the present day concept stating that "Food Security is achieved when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life" (FAO World Food Summit, 1996).

Food security is pivoted on four major aspects which are availability, access, stability and utilisation.

The call for abstracts has been issued and closes on 26 February 2016.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela plants vegetables in Westonaria, 18 Sep 2015

The community of Westonaria together with Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela plant vegetables to ensure community food security. (Photo: GCIS)

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