From 15 to 18th May 2018, the SHEFS Research Group held their annual project meeting in Kloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The meeting was organised by the SHEFS South Africa team, led by Professor Rob Slotow of UKZN.
The SHEFS project started in May 2017 and the collaborative research-groups – in South Africa, India, and the UK – have been steadily growing in number over the past years.
One of the main objectives of the meeting was to update each other on ongoing and planned research in SHEFS. Topics were wide ranging and diverse, including small scale chicken farming in KwaZulu-Natal, processed foods in India, and the effects of environmental change on fruit and vegetable intake in the UK.
Additionally, the meeting formed a great opportunity to meet each other in person and engage with local, province and national stakeholders from South Africa. Approximately 60 participants – both SHEFS project team members and stakeholders – participated in the meeting over the 4 days. Non-SHEFS participants included representatives from the governmental departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health, KZN Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the eThekwini Municipality, as wells as individuals from public and private organisations. This gave us a unique opportunity to further work out ideas for policy-relevant research to take forward in SHEFS.
For more details on the meeting see here.