As part of the networking activities between the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) and the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR), the South African director Prof. Julian May visited ZEF, the German collaborating partner of the GGCDS, on December 15, 2016. At ZEF he met with colleagues to discuss possibilities of future research collaborations particularly in the field of food security.
As part of his visit Prof. May gave a well-attended talk on “The scramble for Africa’s Food Security: Food and nutrition trends in the Sub-Saharan economic powerhouses” in ZEF’s Research Colloquium. Focusing on the twelve largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. May showed how a growing population as well as increasing affluence, urbanization, and globalization leads to rapidly changing African food system . Changes in the production, marketing, and consumption of food, as well as growing food-import-dependency pose new logistical and nutritional challenges adding to the already existing problems in food availability and access in many African countries.
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