Part two of the Nationwide Meals and Diet Safety Survey to kick off in February within the Free State

DATE: 27 January 2022

Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

Pretoria, Thursday 27 January 2022 –  Following a profitable completion of the primary section of the Nationwide Meals and Diet Safety Survey (NFNSS) within the North-West province, the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) analysis workforce will transfer on to implement section two of the survey within the Free State province from 1 February 2022.

The survey seeks to collect info authorities will use to make sure that each family in South Africa has entry to sufficient meals and diet via focused interventions and efficient planning and deployment of assets for meals manufacturing.

Part one of many survey was performed in 2021 in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West provinces. Part two begins in February 2022 in Free State and Northern Cape and can conclude in March 2022 within the Western Cape. Part three will embody Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Jap Cape.

The targets of the survey are to supply a baseline evaluation of the meals safety and diet state of affairs in households by specializing in:

– Availability, via figuring out meals availability at family degree 

– Entry, via figuring out meals entry at family degree 

– Meals utilisation, via figuring out meals consumption and compiling anthropometric measurements of family members (peak, weight, Physique Mass Index (BMI) and so forth.) 

– Meals stability, via assessing family meals stability with respect to meals provide, meals value adjustments, shocks and family coping mechanisms

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

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

In response to the HSRC’s Principal Investigator, Dr Thokozani Simelane, the survey is South Africa’s first in-depth, country-wide research of meals safety and diet vulnerability. 

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

“The survey is supposed to be a nationwide ’village-based‘ evaluation and ’household-based‘ survey, offering information at district and, the place potential, at municipal degree for the best precision required to measure the severity of meals insecurity to help evidence-based resolution making and planning. Knowledge will probably be collected throughout the nation from chosen households in each rural and concrete areas,” mentioned Dr Simelane.

The research is focusing on a minimal of 49 210 households throughout all 52 districts of South Africa in all 9 provinces. Over 100 000 individuals are anticipated to take part within the survey. These embody the top of the family and/or the particular person chargeable for meals procurement and meals preparation, in addition to the organic mom of any youngsters below the age of 5 years in addition to all youngsters between the ages of 0-5 years.

For this ground-breaking survey, HSRC fieldworkers in varied 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 providers

Meals safety

Meals consumption

Influence of COVID-19

Dietary range

The HSRC and provincial departments of agriculture are inviting members of the neighborhood to welcome and help fieldworkers who will probably be amassing information of their communities. They are going to be recognized by their HSRC-marked bibs.

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

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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 change into the most important devoted analysis institute within the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public analysis in areas which might be essential to growth.

Our mandate is to tell the efficient formulation and monitoring of presidency coverage; to judge coverage implementation; to stimulate public debate via the efficient dissemination of research-based information 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 companies. Analysis actions and constructions are carefully aligned with South Africa’s nationwide growth priorities.

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