Nutrition in Southern Africa to be discussed at Johannesburg summit

Nutrition in Southern Africa to be discussed at Johannesburg summit

Southern Africa is one of the regions in the world where food security and malnutrition have been threatening populations for the past 10 years or so, prompting emergency responses from organisations such as UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP). Six countries of the region mostly hit are Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland,Zambia and Zimbabwe, affecting over 13 million people, according to the UN.

As the fight against this scourge continues, experts, food trade associations and humanitarian agencies are looking for new and more efficient ways to eradicate the problem, and this includes diversifying the food basket.

This Thursday 18 April 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, a half-day food seminar will explore ways of addressing nutrition needs in Southern Africa and developing value chains in the regional market with US food and ingredient suppliers.

The event is hosted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a consortium of US food and ingredient producers.

These food trade associations include American Peanut Council, US Dry Bean Council, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, US Potato Board, and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WiSHH).

Attendees include local importers, wholesalers, traders, retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, NGOs, institutional feeding organisations, food industry professionals and government representatives.

Local speakers include Prof Hettie Schonfeldt of the University of Pretoria who will speak on “Opportunities to address nutrition needs in Southern Africa”, and Dr John Purchase of Agribiz SA who will address “Developing Value Chains in Southern Africa.”

The seminar is open to all local members of the food industry, but space is limited. Interested parties should contact Lindi Coetzer on +27 11 486 0585 or via email at

*Photo by Illinois Jones Blog. The city of Johannesburg in South Africa.


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