Prof. Julian May is Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and holds the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. He is an economist with a PhD in Development Studies. He has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform, social grants, information technology, and agriculture throughout Africa. His current research focuses on food security, childhood deprivation, and malnutrition. He has edited seven books and published over 90 papers in books and academic journals. He also serves on the Academy of Science in South Africa Council.