The Bio-Economy Research Chair aims to improve understanding of approaches within the bio-economy that facilitate poverty reduction in a manner that is socially just and environmentally sustainable, and to stimulate a community of practice with regard to these approaches. The focus is on building a critical mass of intellectual capacity, enabling human capital development and in particular a new cohort of skilled postgraduate students, and informing policy and public debate in this rapidly evolving but under-developed field. The Chair has a strong focus on engagement with communities, indigenous knowledge holders, and policy-makers, embedding within it a practice of engaged scholarship and social responsiveness.
San Representatives: Joran Useb, Leana Snyders, Roger Chennells (lawyer for the South African San Council), Mario Mahongo and Collin Louw at the launch of the San Code of Ethics for Researchers. Photo: Amy Dean. Melanie Gosling reports on the launch of... Read More
In February 2017, an exciting interdisciplinary project - focused on the co-creation of wild food livelihoods in the Cederberg Mountains - kicked off at UCT. Funded by the Community Engagement programme of the National Research Foundation, the project wil... Read More
The Seed and Knowledge Initiative has expanded its reach by establishing a research forum in Zimbabwe. Convened by Dr Isiah Mharapara, Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwean Agricultural Research Council, the forum provides an intellectual and support ... Read More
A worker piles up leaves of rooibos tea for drying. Local people have been marginalised in the industry. Mike Hutchings/Reuters Rachel Wynberg There are political, environmental and social controversies a... Read More
Ntombithini Ndwandwe, an agroecology farmer displaying her diversity of traditional seeds in Zimele, KwaZulu-Natal. Rachel Wynberg Seeds are the very essence of life. From those growing a multiplicity of grains, legumes and vegetables to othe... Read More
Wild indigenous vegetables and edible plants grow abundantly across Africa and have traditionally played an important role in household food security for rural South Africans. Lila Kelly reports back on ... Read More