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We are a virtual centre hosted by the Universities of the Western Cape and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria. Researchers in the Centre are drawn from Universities of Cape Town, Fort Hare, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela, North West, Stellenbosch and Venda, Tshwane University of Technology, the Agricultural Research Council and the Water Research Council. Our international partners are the Australian National University, City University of New York, Institute of Development Studies, International Food Policy Research Institute, Michigan State University and

Missouri University.

Centre Director

The CoE Director Prof. Julian May works on poverty reduction including land reform, social grants, information technology and urban agriculture in Southern and East Africa. He formerly held the South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Impact Assessment.


Prof. Sheryl Hendriks, the University of Pretoria node head, works on household food security measurement, agricultural growth and food policy analysis. She is a member of the Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts.


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