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Hettie Carina Schönfeldt

Professor, DSI/NRF/NDP SARChI Chair in Nutrition and Food Security and Director ARUA CoE Food Security, University of Pretoria

Professor Hettie Schönfeldt is a B3 NRF-rated scientist and mentor in the fields of human nutrition and food composition. Currently, she holds the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChl) in the National Development Plan Priority Area of Nutrition and Food Security.
She has published more than 80 contributions in accredited journals and books. Under her guidance, the nutrient content of South African (SA) beef, lamb, mutton, chicken, dairy and traditional green leafy vegetable has been assessed. Professor Schönfeldt research focuses on linking nutrient quantity and quality of foods to sustainable food systems for attaining nutrition and food security for all. She publishes evidence on why country specific food composition data is essential to make it possible to interpret the dietary outcomes of countries. She serves as scientific advisor to AFROFOODS, a network on the African continent, forming part of IUNS/UNU/FAO INFOODS Task Force.


  • –present
    Professor , University of Pretoria


  • 1990 
    University of Pretoria, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation