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Thursday, November 26 • 09:00 - 10:30
G53: The double burden of malnutrition in South Africa: the importance of food security, nutritional intake and environmental factors

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The pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change are threatening human health and survival. Increased knowledge in the field is needed for adopting urgent measures to ensure that the most vulnerable people, already suffering the highest rates of malnutrition, improve their capacities and means to adapt to the negative effects of changing climate, while enhancing their resilience to food and nutrition insecurity.
The following topics will be presented and discussed during this workshop:
  • Professor Julian May – Changes in food security in South Africa since the end of Apartheid: Evidence using child malnourishment.
  • Professor Rina Swart – Exploring the dietary intake of South Africans over the period of 1997-2019 by age and income decile to postulate the foodprint of these changes.
  • Associate professor Wayne Twine – Exploring the environmental dimension of malnutrition in South Africa, and how it intersects which household characteristics to determine the impact pathway on food security and nutrition.
  • Fezile Wagner, PhD candidate; Maquines Odhiambo Sewe, PhD; and Masoud Vaezghasemi, PhD – Developing spatio-temporal binomial hierarchical regression model to assess the association of climate signals on stunting in South Africa.
Keywords: The double burden of malnutrition, food security, nutritional intake, environmental factors, climate change


Fezile Mdluli

University of the Witwatersrand


Maquines Sewe

Research engineer, umeå university
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Julian May

Director, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, UWC
Julian May is Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape and holds the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. He is an economist with a PhD in Development Studies.  He has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform... Read More →

Rina Swart

Professor, University of the Western Cape
Nutrition. Public health nutrition - programmes & policies to address undernutrition and obesity. Food and nutrition security.
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Wayne Twine

Associate professor, University of the Witwatersrand
I am an ecologist working at the human-environment interface in rural South African socio-ecological systems. I am interested in rural livelihoods, sustainable resource use, food security, community based resource management and savanna ecology.
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Masoud Vaezghasemi

Researcher, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University

Thursday November 26, 2020 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Zoom Room B