Webinar Invitation: NRF Science for Society Lecture Series

Webinar Invitation: NRF Science for Society Lecture Series

The impact of climate variability and change in agriculture poses a particular challenge for the African continent and has led to weakened resilience in nutrition and food security in various African countries. In addition, the war in Ukraine has also added to challenges of nutrition and food security for the continent due to disruptions in the food supply chain, leading to shortages of supplies such as wheat, edible oil and fertilizer, as well as a surge in food prices.

The National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, presents this special virtual Science for Society lecture in observance of Africa Month 2022. The panel discussion will explore, among others, issues that continue to impact on the vulnerability of nutrition and food security for the region, as well as provide insight into how we can boost the resilience of food systems in Africa.

The lecture will be livestreamed on the NRF Facebook page and ZOOM (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)


Professor Lise Korsten is a full Professor in Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria (UP) and the co-director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence Food Security (CoE-FS), specialising in food safety of fresh produce. Her research interest is focused on innovative technological platforms for the agricultural and food industries. Professor Korsten is a member of the African Academy of Science and an expert on several technical committees, including the FAO and WHO i.e. JEMRA for irrigation water standards and fresh produce safety. She leads major research programmes such as the US (PEER) funded programmes and irrigation water and plant health, National Research Programmes for the Water Research Commission and several agricultural industries. Commercially, she has two invention patents which were licenced to external companies.

Ms Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is the Director of Policy Research and Analysis at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and the Regional Policy Officer for the GCRF-Agricultural and Food System Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy (AFRICAP) programme. Her work focuses on enhancing the research-to-policy interface between climate change, smallholder agriculture and poverty reduction by addressing the specific needs of vulnerable groups in Africa. She currently serves as co-chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Thematic Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and is a member of the Farming First Steering Committee. She also serves as adviser to the Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI), the GCRF African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African-SWIFT) programme and the Food Tank.

Dr Chantell Witten, a previous awardee of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), Dr Chantell Witten recently joined the CoE-FS as lead on the Infant and Young Child Feed advocacy project. Dr Witten has a PhD in Nutrition from the North-West University, is a registered dietitian, serves on the National Department of Health Ministerial Committee for the Morbidity and Mortality of Children under 5 years (CoMMic) and spokesperson for the Association of Dietetics in South Africa


Lerato Mpetshwa- lr.mpetshwa@nrf.ac.za

Carla Bernardo – cbernardo@uwc.ac.za

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