Sheryl L Hendriks

Sheryl L Hendriks
University of Pretoria | UP · Department of Agricultural Economics Extension and Rural Development

PhD

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Introduction
Professor Sheryl L Hendriks is a food security policy expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and programme design. Her work focuses on policy analysis and M&E of food security. She is engaged in high-level global food security policy think tanks and panels and is influential in food security and nutrition policy in Africa. As a transdisciplinary specialist, she leads large research teams finding solutions to complex food security and nutrition-related problems.
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - October 2019
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Head of Department
July 2010 - present
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Director: Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being
Education
November 1998 - December 2003
University of Natal
Field of study
  • Agricultural Growth Linkages

Publications

Publications (123)
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The current lack of consensus on the relationships between hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity frustrates efforts to design good policies and programs to deal with the many problems. Disputes over terminology distract from the need for urgent action. This paper argues that our understanding of food insecurity is incremental: it develops as new...
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Although the term itself was only developed in the 1970s, food security has played a central role in policies that have shaped the history of South Africa from the 17th century. As with the changing international interpretation of food security over the past four decades, South African food security determinants have been interpreted differently by...
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Almost two decades after South Africa’s political transformation, the country’s food security context demands serious attention amidst excessively high unemployment and depressed economic growth. Although food insecurity at household and individual levels is unacceptably high in South Africa, the nation has for decades reported its aggregate nation...
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Food insecurity is an intractable problem in South Africa. The country has a tradition of evidence-based decision making, grounded in the findings of national surveys. However, the rich insights from sub-national surveys remain a largely untapped resource for understandings of the contextual experience of food insecurity. A web-based search identif...
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Little is known about the potential for food assistance in the form of cash and food transfers to improve nutrition and create demand for nutritious food in crises. This study investigated the influence of the World Food Programme’s cash and food transfers on the diversity and quality of diets among recipient households in Mozambique and the implic...
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Most farmers in Nigeria are food-insecure smallholders without secure land tenure. Children growing up in these households may be at higher risk of malnutrition. However, there is a paucity of evidence of the effect of land tenure on child nutrition. The present paper examines whether smallholders' mode of land acquisition and tenure documentation...
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This study set out to estimate the role of large-scale agricultural investments on household vulnerability to food insecurity in sample communities in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique based on their adoption of coping strategies. The study used secondary data from the three countries (Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique). The findings of the study rev...
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Large-scale agricultural investments (LAIs) transform land use systems worldwide. There is, however, limited understanding about how the common global drivers of land use change induce different forms of agricultural investment and produce different impacts on the ground. This article provides a crosscountry comparative analysis of how differences...
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This book identifies ways in which Africa can realize its potential to secure a supply of food for affordable and healthy diets through the sustainable use of its own resources. The focus is on investment, cooperation, and policy action. The agenda proposed here is intended to be a long-term one, but one that should be initiated in the short term w...
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Food systems that support healthy diets in sustainable, resilient, just, and equitable ways can engender progress in eradicating poverty and malnutrition; protecting human rights; and restoring natural resources. Food system activities have contributed to great gains for humanity but have also led to significant challenges, including hunger, poor d...
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Composite indicators have gained popularity in various research areas. However, the determination of an appropriate weighting method is challenging. Subjective weighting methods are criticised for their potential bias that may reduce stakeholders’ trust in the results of a composite index. By contrast, objective weighting processes are perceived to...
Technical Report
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Ensuring sustainable food systems requires vastly reducing its environmental and health costs while making healthy and sustainable food affordable to all. One of the central problems of current food systems is that many of the costs of harmful foods are externalized, i.e. are not reflected in market prices. At the same time, the benefits of healthf...
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Increasing urbanisation could pose significant food insecurity challenges in Africa, yet little has been researched regarding food insecurity in urban Africa. This study compared the levels and severity of food insecurity in Malawi’s four major cities using data from Malawi’s fourth Integrated Household Survey (2016/17). Urban food insecurity was f...
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This study set out to estimate the effects of large-scale agricultural investments (LSAIs) on household food security in one community each in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique. An endogenous switching regression model was adopted to control for a possible selection bias due to unobserved factors. It was found that households with members employed b...
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This paper addresses the "dependent variable"problem in food security policies, namely the difficulty in classifying food security policies that limits comparative policy studies. Policy comparisons require criteria that are general enough for broad application but sensitive to the context. A rigorous and objective basis for comparisons would allow...
Technical Report
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Das Ziel dieser Studie ist es, zu ermitteln, wie Afrika seine Potenziale ausschöpfen und seine Versorgung mit Lebensmitteln für eine erschwingliche und gesunde Ernährung durch die nachhaltige Nutzung seiner eigenen Ressourcen sichern kann. Afrikas Lebensmittelimporte belaufen sich auf etwa 60 Milliarden US-Dollar pro Jahr (UNCTAD, 2020). In Nettoza...
Technical Report
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The aim of this study is to identify how Africa may transform its potentials into realities and actually secure its supply of food for affordable and healthy diets from the sustainable use of resources. Africa’s food imports amount to about US$ 60 billion per year. In net terms, cereals account for about US$ 25 billion per year, meat and dairy for...
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Scientific enquiry and the communication of science are essential to achieving development goals. The demand for evidence-based policy poses a challenge to maintaining the ethical conduct of science. The modern scientist faces intense competition in light of the changing nature of collaborative efforts, the quickening pace and increasing complexity...
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Background: Very little has been researched about the efficacy, effectiveness, feasibility, sustainability and impact of food-based approaches on the diets and nutritional status of populations at risk of hunger and food insecurity. This study contributes knowledge about the impact of food-based approaches on the diets of populations at risk of hu...
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Large-scale agricultural investments in developing countries have escalated over the past decade. While much is written about the potential adverse effects of these acquisitions on local communities, there is a paucity of evidence of these impacts. This paper explores the effect of large-scale agribusinesses on household food security in two locati...
Technical Report
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Despite commitment to the 2003 Maputo Declaration, South Africa has not yet formally launched a domestication process for the Comprehensive Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Maputo and Malabo Declarations, even though the National Development Plan and Medium Term Strategic Framework generally align with the continental growth agenda; and no...
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This presentation was part of a session at the Global Leadership in the 21st Century UNOG, WAAS - Online session, 18 June 2020, entitled: The Role of Academies in Addressing Global Social Challenges: IAP’s Food & Nutrition Security and Agriculture project.
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Amidst conflicting narratives in development circles regarding the drive for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the displacement of household production by supermarket penetration into deep rural areas, little is documented about the design of nutrition-sensitive agricultural programmes in the context of changing food systems. This is the first co...
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Amidst conflicting narratives in development circles regarding the drive for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the displacement of household production by supermarket penetration into deep rural areas, little is documented about the design of nutrition-sensitive agricultural programmes in the context of changing food systems. This is the first co...
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Background Very little has been researched about the efficacy, effectiveness, feasibility, sustainability and impact of food-based approaches on the diets and nutritional status of populations at risk of hunger and food insecurity. This study contributes knowledge about the impact of food-based approaches on the diets of populations at risk of hung...
Technical Report
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Financing systems polices are crucial in Malawi’s development agenda which have serious implications on the accomplishment or failure to achieve policy goals. The policy brief therefore assessed whether financing policies are sensitive to food systems transformation in Malawi.
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The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world. Smart Computing aims to combine advances in Information and Communication Technologies including Internet of Things, cloud computing, mobile computing and social computing to create smart systems to make human life better. Smart Computing is providing a...
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Many studies purport that in low-income countries, women are often responsible for producing, preparing and purchasing food. Consequently, policies related to food and nutrition overemphasise the role of women, underestimating the potential for cooperation and complementarity between men and women. This focus on women does not account for socially...
Technical Report
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This study set out to investigate the extent of food security policy change between 2010 and 2018 in 11 countries actively engaged in the review and revision of their CAADP National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAIPs) (informed by the Malabo Declarations) and to understand the extent to which these policy changes cover food secur...
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This policy brief assesses ten African National Agriculture and Food Secuirty Investment Plans (NAIPs) from the perspective of the indicator sets contained in the NAIPs against the African Union Biennial Review, the First 10-year Implementation Plan of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (2014 to 2023) and the SDGs. The research was conducted in three...
Technical Report
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This policy brief assesses ten NAIP IIs from the perspective of the indicator sets contained in the NAIPs against the BR, the First 10-year Implementation Plan of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (2014 to 2023) and the SDGs. The research was conducted in three steps. i. An assessment of the NAIP monitoring and evaluation frameworks of ten available...
Technical Report
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have introduced greater integration of development objectives across traditional sectors. This integration is also reflected in Africa’s Agenda 2063 vision for development. Africa’s agricultural and food security initiatives through the 2003 Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) se...
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What drives policy reform after long periods of policy inertia? What factors shape the effectiveness of policy implementation following reform decisions? These questions increasingly concern the international donor and research communities, given the importance of policy environments in shaping development outcomes and the growing need to achieve d...
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Despite significant global interest in food policy since the 1974 food price crisis, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the first set of international development commitments in which the narrow focus of hunger and poverty explicitly include nutrition (SDG2) – beyond only health indicators related to maternal and child health indicators....
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Nearly 50 different species of insects are reportedly consumed in South Africa, making it one of the most significant examples of entomophagy in Africa. While both small and medium enterprises are mushrooming in the country, legislative issues concerning the use of insects as food and feed are often overlooked. This chapter revisits the entire valu...
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Food insecurity and malnutrition are legacies of South Africa’s colonial and apartheid past, shaped by the shocks and stresses of a globally-integrated food system, climate change and multiple policy contradictions. In this paper, the transformative potential of the 2013 national Policy for Food and Nutrition Security, its implementation plan and t...
Technical Report
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The 2014 Malabo Declaration is an ambitious call to action with the vision of dramatically transforming agricultural growth and development in Africa. In the Declaration, African leaders approved seven commitments that include recommitting to the principles and values of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and ensurin...
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Nutrition Economics: Principles and policy applications provides useful current knowledge and perspectives on a range of contemporary issues related to the economics of nutrition, alongside practical, real-world problems and how to solve them. The book seeks to provide content and methods to support the development of the analytical capacity among...
Technical Report
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The 30th September 2017 second draft of the Malawi National Agriculture Investment Plan—the Prioritized and Coordinated Agricultural Transformation Plan for Malawi: 2017/18—2022/23 was reviewed (MoAIWS 2017). This policy brief reports on the findings of the review in order to provide (i) focused inputs into the finalization of the Malawi National A...
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Men’s involvement in maternal and child health presents an opportunity for the advancement of maternal and child nutrition as men often play a key role in decision-making particularly regarding women’s reproductive health. While most research on men’s involvement in maternal and child health has focused on men’s participation in antenatal care, thi...
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Nutrition policies tend to emphasise women, overlooking the important role men can play as allies in achieving positive nutrition outcomes. This article applies an integrated framework for gender analysis to assess the extent to which Malawi's National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan (2007 – 2012) is gender-responsive. The study found that the...
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The Integrated Framework for Gender Analysis of Nutrition Policy is an analytical framework that can be used for assessing the gender-responsiveness of nutrition policy. It can also be used as a tool for advocating for gender policy change.
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Interest in policy reform has grown recently in developing countries. Since policy environments shape the incentives, decisions and actions of key consumer and industry groups, policies become central determinants of economic performance as well as progress towards key agricultural, nutrition and food security goals. As a result, achievement of sus...
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This policy brief was drafted based on a consultative policy dialogue that was conducted in collaboration with the Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance and the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare in Malawi.
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Technical Report
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Focusing the 2015 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) on nutrition will contribute to a broader understanding of the critical role of nutrition in achieving international, continental, and national economic growth targets through agriculture, food security, and nutrition. This report presents information and analysis in support of evidence-base...
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Objectives: The objective of the study was to identify child factors that influenced complementary feeding practices in 2006 and 2011 in Uganda. Design: Trend analysis of Uganda Demographic and Health Surveys (UDHS) from 2006 and 2011. Subjects and setting: Children aged 6 to 23 months, Uganda. Results: Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of chil...
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ASTRACT The development of national food security information systems is constrained by a lack of guidance on which indicators to use. This paper compares food security indicators across two seasons (summer and winter) in one of the most deprived areas of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The results show that only anthropometric indicator...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the career trajectories of 66 distinguished African agricultural professionals in order to explore how agricultural education and training (AET) institutions can better motivate and prepare youth for productive careers in Africa’s rapidly changing agrifood system. Design/methodology/approach – Base...
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Although South Africa has reported national food security for decades, current production patterns, land uncertainty and consumer preferences put future national household food insecurity in question. Household food insecurity in South Africa is at unacceptable levels. This paper reviews the country’s agricultural legislative framework in terms of...
Conference Paper
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Feeding almost 9 billion people in 2050 will require careful planning consideration to overcome the current structural causes of food insecurity and malnutrition that lead to inter-generational transfers of disadvantage. Malnutrition is all its forms constrain individual and national development and place a significant burden on health care systems...
Technical Report
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The current emphasis in the development community on demonstrating policy impact requires a better understanding of national policymaking processes to recognize opportunities for, and limits to, generating policy change. Consequently, this paper introduces an applied framework, named the kaleidoscope model, to analyze drivers of change in the food...
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The objective of the study was to develop an indicator of household resilience as a measure of progress towards achieving the first of four elements identified in the Framework for African Food Security. A review of the literature provided support for the use of assets owned by a household as an indicator of household resilience. Several methods of...
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South Africa's food security policy puts forward food safety nets as one of five pillars, focusing on food assistance in various forms, including cash transfers, subsidized feeding programmes and redistribution of food. This chapter presents a case study of food assistance in South Africa from a right to food approach and argues that palliative, sh...
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Recent global and African food crises have raised the importance of resilience as a determinant of the ability of households to cope with shocks and stresses that affect food security. This article sets out to develop a measure for resilience to provide a concise tool for measuring and monitoring food security in comparative ways across countries....