The complex issue of food security was a core theme at the Discussion Forum on Pulses and Food Security, an event aligned to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP 2016). Held from 2-3 June 2016, the forum was hosted by the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and partnered by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and AGT Foods Africa.
UN’s International Year of Pulses 2016
The IYP 2016 focuses on the nutritional benefits of pulses – as part of sustainable food production for food security and nutrition.
While pulses provide an introduction to food security, the issues around food security go beyond this crop.
Understanding food security
In 1996, the World Food Summit defined the multi-dimensional nature of food security: “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”