Part three of the Nationwide Meals and Diet Safety Survey kicks off in Gauteng province

DATE: 6 April 2022

Pretoria, Tuesday 5 April 2022 –  Part three of the Nationwide Meals and Diet Safety Survey (NFNSS), a household-based survey performed by the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) on behalf of the Division of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Growth (DALRRD), begins in Gauteng province on Monday, 11 April 2022. 

The survey seeks to collect info that the federal government will use to make sure that each family in South Africa has entry to ample meals and vitamin by way of focused interventions and efficient planning and deployment of assets for meals manufacturing.

Part three covers Gauteng, the Japanese Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Coincidentally, this part begins mere days after the discharge of a tragic report indicating that, previously 15 months, 14 children beneath the age of 5 starved to demise in Nelson Mandela Bay, the Japanese Cape’s greatest metro. One other 216 new instances of extreme acute malnutrition had been confirmed.

Part one was performed in 2021 in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West. Part two began in February 2022 within the Free State and Northern Cape and can conclude within the Western Cape in April 2022.

The goals of the survey are to offer a baseline evaluation of the meals safety and vitamin state of affairs in households by specializing in:

Availability, by way of figuring out meals availability at family stage 

Entry, by way of figuring out meals entry at family stage 

Meals utilisation, by way of figuring out meals consumption and compiling anthropometric measurements of family members (top, weight, Physique Mass Index (BMI) and many others.) 

Meals stability, by way of assessing family meals stability with respect to meals provide, meals worth modifications, shocks and family coping mechanisms

The survey will analyse the hyperlink between meals safety and vitamin and assess the explanations for family vulnerability to starvation and poor vitamin, together with the impression of COVID-19. 

Survey outcomes will decide coverage suggestions and choices for focused meals and vitamin safety interventions. 

In accordance with the research’s principal investigator, the HSRC’s Dr Thokozani Simelane, the survey is South Africa’s first in-depth, nation‐broad research of meals safety and vitamin vulnerability. 

It intends to offer a primary step in direction of the event of a multidimensional index to evaluate international locations’ vulnerability to meals insecurity throughout all 4 dimensions (meals availability, entry, utilisation and stability).

“The survey is supposed to be a nationwide ’village-based‘ evaluation and ’household-based‘ survey, offering knowledge at district and, the place doable, at municipal stage for the best precision required to measure the severity of meals insecurity to assist evidence-based choice making and planning. Information can be collected throughout the nation from chosen households in rural and concrete areas,” stated Dr Simelane.

The research targets no less than 49 210 households throughout all 52 districts of South Africa in all 9 provinces. Over 100 000 persons are anticipated to take part within the survey. These embody the pinnacle of the family and/or the individual accountable for meals procurement and meals preparation. Different members will embody youngsters beneath the age of 5 years and organic moms of kids on this age group.

For this ground-breaking survey, HSRC fieldworkers in numerous districts will go to the households to conduct interviews in native languages utilizing a questionnaire to collect info, which can embody the next:

Geographic particulars



Meals availability

Meals manufacturing

Shocks and social networks

Toddler feeding practices


Family info


Dwellings and companies

Meals safety

Meals consumption

Affect of COVID-19

Dietary range

The HSRC and provincial departments of agriculture want to encourage members of the group to welcome and assist fieldworkers who can be gathering knowledge of their communities. They are going to be recognized by their HSRC-marked bibs.

For extra info on the research, group members can go to the HSRC’s web site www.hsrc.ac.za 

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For media interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191, e mail: anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

In regards to the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory analysis company and has grown to develop into the biggest devoted analysis institute within the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public analysis in areas which are essential to growth.

Our mandate is to tell the efficient formulation and monitoring of presidency coverage; to judge coverage implementation; to stimulate public debate by way of the efficient dissemination of research-based knowledge and fact-based analysis outcomes; to foster analysis collaboration; and to assist construct analysis capability and infrastructure for the human sciences. 

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific analysis for public sector customers, non-governmental organisations and worldwide growth businesses. Analysis actions and buildings are carefully aligned with South Africa’s nationwide growth priorities.

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