Our Research posts are about the latest academic research being done in the School of Economics. This week:
Food crops: Perceptions and realities from South Africa
by Flippie Cloete and Ernst Idsardi *
Strategies adopted to address on-going food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, particularly in developing countries, narrow the food supply base by using technological options that neglect indigenous and traditional food crop systems. These crops are commonly being labelled as “poor people’s food” by South African consumers. The question that arises is whether this categorization is justified and what interventions are needed to unlock the potential of these crops in improving household food security levels. Survey data of 600 African households in the North West Province of South Africa were used for the analysis of the consumption patterns of several traditional and indigenous food crops. The results show that the link between income and the consumption of these food crops is more nuanced.
Agroecology and Sustainable food systems, 37: 1-13.
Flippie and Ernst are agricultural economists working in the TRADE Research Niche Area.