African Food Systems for Impact: The FSNet-Africa Model Webinar

The Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Development Studies at the University of Pretoria; FSNet-Africa; and the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, held a #FoodTalks webinar on “African food systems for impact: The Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) Model”on the 23rd of August 2022.

In this webinar, we shared more about how the FSNet-Africa Model was designed for impact. In particular, we discussed how the combination of transdisciplinary research, mentorship, and stakeholder involvement can transform science. Central to this model is the uptake of research outputs to strengthen the Africa food systems.




Dr Njongenhle Nyoni is based at FANRPAN and is the  Engagement and Liaison Manager for FSNet-Africa. He specialises in developmental project designs and implementation under the climate-smart agriculture thematic thrust. He has organised, convened, and facilitated several high-level, regional, national policy dialogues on climate-smart agriculture
Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (University of Pretoria). Dr Mentz-Coetzee has worked for a number of years as an independent monitoring and evaluation consultant undertaking projects at national, pan-African, and international levels



Dr Marc Wegerif is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on food systems, agrarian transformation, and land rights. He has over 30 years of development sector work experience from project level to national and international policy and advocacy. His doctorate was obtained with the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University.


#FoodTalks Food talks to us at many levels, touching on important aspects of our lives and society. These dialogues are a space to talk about the current food system and how we can move to a socially and ecologically regenerative, just, and nourishing food system in Africa.