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Food security in SA declining - study

2013-08-06 13:22

Pretoria - More than half of South Africans do not have regular access to enough food, according to a study released by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on Tuesday.

Overall, 45.6% of the population were food secure, said Professor Demetre Labadarios.

He was speaking at the release of the SA national health and nutrition examination survey - also known as SANHANES-1 - in Pretoria.

The HSRC defines food security as access to food by all members of a household at all times, to enough food for an active and healthy life.

Hunger

The food trends status in South Africa is classified under three sections - food secure, at risk of hunger, and experiencing hunger.

"Measuring food security is not easy," Labadarios said.

"On a total national level, two out four households in the country are food secure, that is 45.6%.

"Regarding the food insecure, which is those that experience hunger, one out of four households experience hunger. The Western Cape, Gauteng, and the Northern Cape have low levels [of food insecurity] in comparison to other provinces."

Labadarios said that while 26% of the population experienced hunger, 28.6% were living at the risk of being hungry.

The number of citizens living "at the risk of hunger" had risen from 25% in the previous survey in 2008.

According to the 2012 study, the Eastern Cape, followed by Limpopo, had the highest numbers of citizens experiencing food insecurity. Food security was at its highest in the Western Cape.

In comparison to the social attitudes survey done in 2008, national food security had declined from 48% to 45.6%.

The SANHANES-1 survey was compiled by a research consortium comprising the HSRC and the Medical Research Council, and was financed by the health department and the United Kingdom department for international development.

Comments
  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-08-06 13:30

    As expected under cANCer rule..

      Timothy Whyte - 2013-08-06 16:43

      Simple really, the eradication of farmers is their gameplan all along,they want to import food so they profit off it and control the nation with food.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-08-06 18:18

      Just think how low it would be under EFF land grabs. This is directly a result of our land claim farms which lies barren and the significant drop in commercial farmers since 1994. Millions of our precious tax money is now spent on rebuilding the ruined land claim farms. Maybe the money should be used to import more food rather than waste it on the beneficiaries of land claims who failed anyway.

  • Sean - 2013-08-06 13:30

    What is the government aka ANC going to do about it?

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-08-06 13:42

      We ee are ee putting ee a ee plan ee toge-ee-ther ee and ee will ee be ee available ee in ee 20** ee... soon. ee

      Denis Dendrinos - 2013-08-06 13:45

      Jean - you forgot the commission of enquiry

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-08-06 13:51

      ee... Sorry! That ee you ee have ee mentioned ee, (long pause) will ee always ee be ee 'paat' ee of ee da ee plan!!

      Adiel De Villiers - 2013-08-07 08:07

      My comment was deleted. now thats funny.

  • Nick - 2013-08-06 13:30

    Those figures could escalate dramatically if the commercial farms were confiscated by land grabs by the EFF if they came to power!

      Richard Scully - 2013-08-06 13:47

      Why should the white people transfer anything to you? That's why Africa fails, because the Africans only want to steal what is already there, and then destroy it, while the Europeans strive to build and create...

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 14:05

      @Siyanda Peter: Can I please see that list of names and ID numbers of: Who will get what piece of land and where, How many mining shares each of us will get and return on investment, How many banking shares each of us will get, The monthly living grant each of us will get. Please publish the list Peter.

      merickm - 2013-08-06 14:10

      @siyanda you can transfer all the skill in the world but can never transfer work ethic

      Adiel De Villiers - 2013-08-06 14:19

      I figured out how they see it. They will take the mines, and banks, all the money, buy food from oversees. no prob. but see the mines has to be managed, and the banks aren't a mary poppins bag. it will run out soon.

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 15:32

      @Eff Cadre: So you are telling me you have a cake and I can have cake as long as I do what you say but you can’t show me a cake, I can’t smell it and you can’t give me a taste? Did your mother drop you on your head when you were a baby? Please also not that I’m European so the normal political BS you spin normal Africans will not work on me.

      Eugene Fourie - 2013-08-06 15:36

      Hey Siyanda..if we want to be fair then all the EFF needs to do is take back all the land and hand it over to the ORIGINAL owners the Khoi San...and then you can EFF OFF out of South Africa with the rest of us "immigrants" too..

      Timothy Whyte - 2013-08-06 16:51

      Siyanda,please fell free to point out one socialist run country that is succesful and where the people are actually happy and that has alot of investment in it?

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-08-06 18:25

      Siyanda. Looking at most of the land claim farms which was already transferred to black people, I do not see any hope. Thousands of people have lost their jobs and land which produced food security is now lying barren and nothing grows there. When the white people owned those farms, the people had jobs and there was food security. I hate being right so please proof me wrong. I thank you!

      Walter Marafioti - 2013-08-07 18:40

      I M JUST SITTING BACK AND ENJOY THE SHOW....

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-06 13:35

    This is what the ZANU eff comrades want. Kill all the white man and destroy the country. Like zim

  • Joseph Shange - 2013-08-06 13:37

    Maybe I need to step up my timeline for becoming president, but I want to make sure I can run 2 businesses successfully before I do. I would make this the greatest nation by far in Africa and huge penalties for those who steal from my brothers and sisters. The days of the chief system are numbered.

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 13:43

      Settle down Chief.

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 13:55

      I doubt that I could play any role Peter. The African agenda seems to always end in bloodshed, instability, famine, misery and death. I’m sorry but I can’t be a part of that.

      Sean - 2013-08-06 14:17

      Siyanda What is the African agenda? Democratic republic of Congo? Rwanda? Liberia? Zimbabwe? Ethiopia? Central African Republic North Sudan? South Sudan? Egypt? Mali? Morocco? Tunisia? Algeria? Ivory Coast? South Africa? Which one of these once beautiful countries stand out as a example of the African agenda?

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 14:42

      @Sean: All of them.

  • Edwin Ian Jay - 2013-08-06 13:38

    Interesting that Limpopo, the main supporting province of Malema and Mathale are in the last 2 starving provinces. Maybe consider a leadership change

  • Joseph Shange - 2013-08-06 13:41

    This goes to show the DA is doing a great job... Less corruption is where my fight for crime would start.

  • Sean - 2013-08-06 13:41

    Western Cape has the highest food security.... nice!

      Titus Madiba - 2013-08-06 13:44

      No wonder poo is being thrown all over the place.

      Sean - 2013-08-06 13:45

      yeah caused by the ANC's "We will make the Western Cape ungovernable campaign" we know!

      Martin Fourie - 2013-08-06 14:30

      Hope this "ungovernable campaign" has nothing to do with the three policemen that have been murdered there since the weekend...They would not stoop that low, or would they ?

  • Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 13:41

    This is nothing compared to what is happening to our water. As for the food issue I’d like to say to the government “YOU THINK? IT’S NOT AS IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW! NOW OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE EXPORTING FOOD WHILE THIS COUNTRY IS STARVING! I WONDER WHY?”

      Martin Fourie - 2013-08-06 14:21

      Don't know why you are shouting, but I think "food security" in this instance refers to the masses being able to purchase food. It actually just again prooves that we are in fact becomming poorer.

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 14:47

      Yeah I don’t know why I’m shouting. It’s not as if this government would think or listen. As far as this instance yes the masses can’t afford the food but this also points to a shortage of food and less production with more imports driving prices up as well. Insecurity about land ownership and possible expropriation also halts development of farms in their tracks adding to less production. Would you buy a farm today? I would, just not in South Africa.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-06 13:45

    All under the useless, corrupt, thieving, idiotic, no good, diseased, poo smelling ANC

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-08-06 15:12

      Jack du Preez No need to insult Richard Scully. He is free to express his opinion and you yours !

      Richard Scully - 2013-08-06 17:56

      And Jack, your grammar is that of a three year old

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-06 13:53

    I notice News 24 has a Telkom advert flashing on the bottom of the ipad version of these comments...I wish Telkom would spend cash on installing services rather than advertising...I have a line into my house but cannot get a number...useless ANC

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-08-06 13:54

    W g t

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-06 13:54

    Isn't this terrible?.

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 14:13

      Not really since the world population is exploding. Taking into account that to sustain life and a proper natural balance on this planet the people in the know estimates that 66% of the people on the planet must go it is not surprising that things are going the way they are.

  • merickm - 2013-08-06 14:06

    It happens when you murder your farmers, once again Africa cuts off its nose to spite it's face!

  • Jobe Mkhatywa - 2013-08-06 14:11

    Stupid comments as usual

  • Dalai Rama - 2013-08-06 14:17

    Wait till the last white farmer leaves. Don't EFF the farmer! Zimbology!

  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-08-06 14:22

    NATIONAL CRISIS and all I hear is black people vs white people. Cumon stop that rather than blame the government and racialise this matter rather ask yourselves wat are u as an individual (black or white) going to. God damn............

      Blackhole_Sun - 2013-08-06 14:29

      Blaming the government is not racializing the matter! Being a good hearted and giving individual won't solve the problem, you need to eliminate the source of it all. cANCer

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-08-06 14:37

      Ever heard the saying it begins with U? also dnt say its not racialising when all I hear is black and white... FIY it BLACK/WHITE is race. As for the government I dnt support it and I'm all for removing the ANC from power. but all this bickering on NEWS24 where has it gotten us? Further apart

      No.You're a handbag - 2013-08-06 14:43

      Isn't this what social welfare is supposed to be solving? Why, if governments glorious welfare plan is working, is this the case.

  • Mia Mould - 2013-08-06 14:30

    Is this due to shortage of food or lack of money to buy food? If it is due to lack of food, i feel confused, because almost all South Africa's maize and soy are genetically modified. The main reasons for justifying feeding South Africans GMO's (mostly unknowingly)are: GMO's" are "drought resistant", "increase yields" and "solving world hunger". If this food shortage is due to lack of food, this just proves once again that GMO's are not the answer to our food security problems. Did you know GMO's are banned in more than 20 countries around the world, yet South Africa remains the only country in the world that allows its national staple (yellow maize) to be genetically modified? Do yourself a favor and do some research on GMO's.... its disaterous to say the least! For us and the environment.....

  • Mark Branson - 2013-08-06 14:49

    Like Zim, we went from a food exporting country to a food importing country. I guess for the cANCer that's progress with their farm transfers. Yes, take those large commercial farms and give it to Sipho to house his chickens and goats. I suppose it's fitting; there was nothing until whites arrived, I suppose the natural order of things is to return it to nothing again.

      Mark Branson - 2013-08-06 15:09

      You sound young therefore lack wisdom. But facts don't lie and I hope you put as much credence on workable facts as opposed to idealistic impractical whims that so much of the youth suffer from. Reality always trumps idealism, remember that. We'd all love a perfect world but it hasn't happened in the past 10000 years and it won't happen in your or my lifetime. For a long time, we, like Zim made more food than we could eat, so we sold it to the world. Post 1994, the ANC decided that it would take farms from whites and give to blacks, often clueless about farms and today many of those once productive farms are lying fallow, dead, non productive. Now, since 2007, we no longer export, we must buy food from the world with money we don't have. Try and connect the dots. Ask why thousands upon thousands of our very good farmers have been snapped up by African countries and even countries like Georgia.

  • Nemukumbini Shonza - 2013-08-06 14:50

    And here we go again! And with something like this ANC still want my vote????????? #EnoughSaid

  • Nick - 2013-08-06 14:53

    Food insecurity in SA is directly proportional to the amount of farmers that have left since 1994

      konfab - 2013-08-06 23:45

      It is also inversely proportional to the speed of the internet, but no one blames the internet... Telling one side of the statistic does not do any justice. Saying it is terrible that farmers are leaving is meaningless unless you point out how many are replacing them and the efficiency of the ones in operation.

  • bobo.simon2 - 2013-08-06 15:18

    govmnt must expand its hands in order to solve this

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-06 15:26

      How? How can they when this country is sort of held together with politically correct BS and a few Chappies? Nothing will change unless the truth is spoken and real things are done to correct the problems. Right now most of the people in this country are living a lie and the politicians keeps on feeding the lies at the expense of the country while getting very fat themselves. Nothing will change.

  • Elkita Robbertse - 2013-08-06 15:37

    As long as Zuma and his corrupt parliament eat themselves mrede every night .They don't have a care who goes hungry but the sheep keep on voting for these obese morons

  • Shelley Jennings - 2013-08-06 16:07

    Stop taking people's farms for your bloody "LAND 'CLAIM'" to build more SQUATTER CAMPS!!!!!!!! Then we will have enough food!! Dumb asses!!!!!!

  • potevan - 2013-08-06 16:17

    Everyone ons this forum giving "educated" comments are priveledged to have three or more full meals a day. No one here has ever experienced real hunger. Real hunger is when you dont know where your next meal comes from. You all a bunch of wan4ers riding the political boat. Nice to be able to do this in the comfort of your plush office, home or from your $1000 phone or tablet...people that have tot seen or experienced real hunger do not have a clue what they are talking about.

  • Calvin Jacobs - 2013-08-06 16:18

    Why dont the government just invest in agriculture to ensure more food availability for the country.

  • Subspace Human - 2013-08-06 16:34

    Farm murders, land claims? common, don't be surprised! Even a toddler in grade 2 will tell these 2 things WILL bring another AFRICAN country to HUNGER!

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-06 19:23

    Everything in this country is declining!!

  • Mary Hinge - 2013-08-07 18:20

    I bet the real figures are far worse. All these so-called polls and I've never seen, heard or partaken in one of them. Somehow, I think they are completely fake with "random" samples done in the local cafeteria.

  • Walter Marafioti - 2013-08-07 18:38

    I M STRUGLING SO MUCH TO HAVE A DECENT WORKERS IN MY COMPANY... ON MONDAY HALF OF THEM ARE ABSENT FOR NO REASON, DURING THE YEAR THEY GO OF SICK DOZEN TIMES AND BRING FALSE CERTIFICATE... ARE WE SURE THEY HUNGRY? TO ME THEY LOOK NICE AND FAT ..AL OF THEM...

  • Sidney Coad Williams - 2013-10-07 11:39

    I AM A HEALTH AND PEACE ACTIVIST. I AM APPALLED BY THE FACT THAT LEADERS OF OUR WORLD DO NOT GRASP THE URGENCY OF THE EFFECT OF OVER POPULATION ON THE FOLLOWING MATTERS: CLIMATE CHANGE POVERTY THE DIMINISHING AVAILABILITY OF FOOD AND POTABLE WATER. EVERY PERSON HAS A CARBON FOOTPRINT BECAUSE WE BREATH IN OXYGEN AND BREATH OUT CARBON DIOXIDE NOT TO MENTION THE AMOUNT OF CARBON DIOXIDE WE CREATE WHEN WE PASS WIND. THE OBVIOUS CONCLUSION IS THAT MORE PEOPLE AND INDEED OTHER FAUNA EQUALS MORE CARBON DIOXIDE AND FASTER CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HUMANS EXACERBATE THE SITUATION BY DESTROYING OUR FORESTS AND OTHER VEGETATION. TREES AND OTHER VEGETATION ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE AND EMIT OXYGEN AND THEY PROVIDE A BALANCE BETWEEN CARBON EMISSIONS AND CARBON DIOXIDE ABSORBED AND TURNED INTO OXYGEN. LEADERS WHO CAN NOT GRASP THIS FACT OR WHO CHOOSE TO IGNORE IT ARE CREATING A FUTURE CATASTROPHE TOO GHASTLY TO IMAGINE.

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