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FOOD SYSTEMS

South Africa's food waste voluntary agreement

Client: Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)
Funder: SA-EU Dialogue Facility 

Pinpoint was commissioned by the CGCSA and DTI (in partnership with Dr Julian Parfitt, Anthesis Group) to develop a business-led voluntary agreement on food waste for South Africa.

This involved:
  • Undertaking a gap analysis of our current understanding of food waste in the country
  • Developing recommendations for a voluntary agreement road map
  • Developing and consulting on a business plan for implementation

A copy of the voluntary agreement produced by Anthesis and Pinpoint can be accessed here. Further information on the voluntary agreement can be found here.

South Africa's food waste voluntary agreement

Food for Us: Reducing on-farm food waste using a cellphone app

Client: Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder: United Nation’s One Planet Sustainable Lifestyles & Education (SLE) Trust Fund

The aim of the 1st phase of the project was to develop and trial a cell phone app in South Africa through which surplus food is traded. Another key component was the setting up of communities of practice around which the app could be tested and adopted. Pinpoint managed a project partner team of 8 organisations, and provided an advisory role on food loss and waste. The 2nd phase of the project aims to increase uptake, and further develop the app’s functionality.

Visit www.foodforus.co.za for further information or to download the app. The 1st phase project report is available here

Food for Us: Reducing food waste using a cellphone app

Shifting consumer behaviour towards sustainable seafood consumption

Client: WWF South Africa
Funder: United Nation’s One Planet Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Trust Fund

WWF-SA commissioned Pinpoint to examine seafood consumption trends, associated consumer behaviours and recommendations to inform their Sustainable Seafood Initiative’s (SASSI) consumer campaign. The research formed the basis of a wider United Nation’s Environment One Planet Sustainable Food System’s project. An article on millennials and the key role they play in preserving threatened fish was published as a research output in the Business Day.

Access the article here.

sustainable seafood consumption

Food loss and waste: Facts and futures

Client: WWF South Africa

The food loss and waste: Facts and futures report sketches out the state of food loss and waste in South Africa. Pinpoint undertook research and contributed as an author on: 

    • Food loss and waste in the public sector
    • Characteristics of the formal and informal food system in relation to food waste
    • Future recommendations to reduce food waste

The report can be downloaded here.

Food waste and food loss

Reducing food waste in the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) member countries

Client: UDA Consulting, Turkey
Funder: Standing Committee for Economic & Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC) 

Pinpoint was commissioned by UDA Consulting as part of their research team to understand the scale of consumer and hospitality food waste in Islamic states. Pinpoint undertook research, led the report writing process and presented the findings at the 9th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group in February 2017 in Ankura. Turkey.

The report can be downloaded here.

educing food waste in the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) member countries

Food waste associated with South Africa's horticultural produce exports

Client: Feedback Global, UK
Funder: The Rockefeller Foundation

Pinpoint undertook research to identify on-farm and pack house food waste associated with fresh produce exported from South African farms to the UK and United States. Evidence was gathered to assess the scale of the issue, how and why food waste arises, and documented solutions. The study forms part of a series of global case studies published by Feedback Global on the causes of food waste in international supply chains.

A copy of the study can be downloaded here.

South Africa food waste associated with farmed exports

Mapping food loss along Woolworths' spinach supply chain

Client: WWF South Africa

Pinpoint adapted and trialed the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Food Loss & Waste Protocol on the retailer Woolworths’ spinach supply chain. Outputs included a methodology which is suitable for South African use to determine where in a supply chain food loss and waste occurs, the volumes and why. A summary of findings was presented in Woolworths’ 2016 Annual Integrated report, and as a case study in WWF’s Food loss and waste.

Facts and futures report can be downloaded here

Food loss in Woolworths' spinach supply chain

STRATEGY & CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

The Beach Co-op funding & income-generating strategy

Client: Beach Co-op

Following the impact of Covid-19 on access to funding, and the growth in the organisation, members of the Beach Co-op’s board took part in a Pinpoint facilitated workshop to review and refine the organisation’s income generation strategy. This involved identifying core businesses activities that require funding, the identification of funders and income generation opportunities and development of a proactive approach to accessing funds. This included getting to know different funders better, and what is of value to them. 

The Beach Co-op funding & income-generating strategy

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation corporate responsibility strategy

Client: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

As a research associate at the Sustainability Institute, Nicola Jenkin worked with and supported AGOF to understand its sustainability impacts to improve internal operations and extended programme impacts. The project included the development of an environmental baseline to understand the impacts of key resources such as energy, water, transport, waste and procurement. Building on the baseline, a set of strategic interventions and ambitions were developed. The aim is to further develop the strategy with a focus on social dimensions.

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation corporate responsibility strategy

Madron Farming corporate responsibility strategy & implementation

Client: Madron Farming

Madron Farming is one of South Africa’s largest growers of leafy vegetables. Pinpoint was contracted to develop Madron’s corporate responsibility vision and ambitions. Through a staged process of collaboration these were refined, and a set of objectives identified against the themes of conservation, community and commercial. For each theme aims, areas of focus and actions were identified. This strategy has provided a base against which ambitions and activities are implemented and monitored.

Madron Farming corporate responsibility strategy & implementation

Targeted funding strategy for The Long Run

Client: The Long Run

The Long Run is a UK-based not-for-profit that brings together a global community of nature-based tourism enterprises committed to protecting biodiversity and improving the lives of people where they operate. Pinpoint assisted The Long Run with the development of a focused strategy to seek and elicit financial support to enable their ambitions for growth. This involved the development of a compelling generic proposal, and the identification of key funding organisations, initiatives and philanthropists that mirror their growth ambitions.

Targeted funding strategy for The Long Run

Grootbos Foundation fundraising strategy

Client: Grootbos Foundation

The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to conserve the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplift communities who live within it. They do this through sustainable livelihood programmes, ecotourism and sports development, and education. Pinpoint took the fundraising team through a series of workshops to align their vision and mission with a targeted local, national and global fundraising strategy. Outcomes included a targeted list of potential funders and donors, advice on getting to know their target audience and a focused approach for doing so. In addition, Pinpoint ran a proposal writing workshop with their broader project management team.

Grootbos Foundation fundraising strategy

JOBS & SKILLS

Linking education & work in the South African energy & water supply sectors

Client: Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University
Funder: Energy & Water Sector Education & Training Authority (EWSETA)

Pinpoint oversaw the management of the research project and research team.

The research included:
  • An in-depth economic, political, social and environmental contextual review
  • Research tool development
  • Interviews with employers, education providers and EWSETA learners
  • Data analysis and delivery of findings

The research provided topical insights into the perceived relevance of education provision through and for work. One of these dimensions included providing education and training that is cognisant of demands for sustainable economic transformation; as opposed to a focus on large-scale infrastructural or one-dimensional projects.

Linking education & work in the South African energy & water supply sectors

Utilising green manufacture as a tool to address youth unemployment & sustainable local economic development

Client: Redflank
Funder: Local Government Sector Education & Training Authority (LGSETA)

Pinpoint was contracted as a researcher to undertake a preliminary literature review on green economic activity in South Africa, with a focus on waste and energy. In addition, Pinpoint undertook interviews with sector stakeholders to inform the research, and provided guidance in terms of data analysis and interpretation. 

Utilising green manufacture to address youth unemployment & sustainable local economic development

Skill needs of small (emerging) businesses & co-operative financial institutions (CFIs) in South Africa's insurance sector

Client: Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University
Funder: Insurance Sector Education & Training Authority (INSETA)

Pinpoint managed this very interesting project, which for the first time delved into the specific skill needs and challenges faced by small emerging businesses and co-operatives operating in South Africa. As with many industries, these two groups were significantly affected by Covid-19, having to swiftly adapt to operating digitally. Other skill challenges emerged, notably the complexity of regulation, and ability to adapt during uncertainty. Two core sectors emerged for further study, these being the significance of burial societies; and the huge potential of micro-insurance. 

Skill needs within South Africa's insurance sector

Manufacturing, engineering & related services sector occupation atlas

Client: Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University 
Funder: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education & Training Authority (merSETA) 

As part of a REAL team, Pinpoint was contracted to oversee the research component and team for this project. This also included research consolidation and writing up of the Atlas. The South African manufacturing sector is in a state of transition, which impacts the sectors’ job landscape. The Atlas provides current and future employees and employers a window into the types of jobs and skills that are and will be required to meet changing trends and their resulting demands. The Atlas will be made available on-line in early 2021. 

SADC Researchers Challenge: Covid-19 & the transformation of VET for sustainable futures

Client: JET Education Services Funder: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Funder: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 

Nicola Jenkin, Pinpoint Director, in partnership with colleagues from Wits University’s Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL) acted as a co-lead on this research challenge. This involved providing methodological and subject-matter guidance to young researchers representing six SADC countries. This fascinating piece of research documented how skills supported sustainable livelihoods in response to the initial severe Covid-19 lockdown in March-April 2020. The research also explored the link between sustainable livelihoods, decent work, skills, knowledge and expertise.

A presentation on the findings can be found here.

Covid-19 & the transformation of Vocational Education and Training for sustainable futures

Developing competencies for a just transition of the South African banking sector

Client: Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL), Wits University
Funder: Bank Sector Education & Training Authority (BankSETA) 

Pinpoint was commissioned by Wits University’s Centre for Researching Education & Labour (REAL) to manage and undertake research, alongside Creating Sustainable Value, to better understand the potential impact, sustainability and digitalisation will have on jobs and skills in South Africa’s retail banking sector. Pinpoint focused on digitalisation, providing an evidence-base from which BankSETA can set out a plan of action to support its members to transition to a digital future, with reduced impact on jobs. 

Developing competencies for a just transition of the South African banking sector

Occupational study on green skills in the South African petroleum sector

Client: Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder: Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA)

Under the the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint was commissioned, along with Creating Sustainable Value (CSV), to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa’s petroleum sector, with a focus on refineries. The contextual drivers facing the industry, how they are responding to climate change and future scenarios were assessed to inform the types of skills and occupations the sector would need to transition to a green economy. 

Green skills in the South African petroleum sector

Unlocking jobs in the alien vegetation added value chain

Client: WWF South Africa + Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
Funder: WWF Nedbank Green Trust

In collaboration with TIPS, Pinpoint undertook research to understand the job creation and economic potential associated with using alien vegetation as a feedstock for manufacturing wood pellets, and use of the pellets as a replacement for paraffin in non-electrified households.

Download the report here.

Jobs in alien vegetation

Skills audit & needs analysis for the Marine Protection & Ocean Governance (MPG)

Client: International Ocean Institute -African Region (10I-SA)
Funder: South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) 

Pinpoint undertook research, and contributed to a study, on behalf of the International Ocean Institute – African Region (10I-SA). As a skills specialist, Pinpoint guided the skills research methodology, undertook interviews and developed surveys to better understand the challenges faced by the sector in terms of scarce skills and capacity to better protect our oceans. Future skills and jobs needs were also identified and mapped. 

Skills audit & needs analysis for the Marine Protection & Ocean Governance (MPG)

Skills development for green public supply chain management

Client: Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder: Public Services Education & Training Authority (PSETA)

Through the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint undertook research, in collaboration with Creating Sustainable Value (CSV) to identify and develop the requisite occupations and related skills to support green supply chain management in the South African public sector. This included an international review of supply chain management practices, value chain and occupational mapping, and a case study on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ purchasing of electric vehicles.

Download the report here.

Skills development for green public supply chain management

Green skills in the South African paint sector

Client: Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder: Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority 

As part of the Green Skills Programme, Pinpoint was contracted to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa’s paint sector. This involved assessing current political, economic, social, technological and environmental trends to inform skills and occupations that will require upskilling for the decorative, automotive and marine paint sectors to adopt more sustainable practices. 

Green skills in the South African paint sector

RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Biodiversity human capital development strategy mid-term review

Client: Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
Funder: South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) & The Lewis Foundation

Pinpoint was commissioned by the ELRC to lead the research on higher education and occupational trends relating to higher education supply e.g., students graduating, types of courses, relevant to the biodiversity fields. In addition Pinpoint co-ordinated a skills demand and gaps survey with sector stakeholders to evaluate progress regarding availability of suitable skills and individuals within the South Africa’s biodiversity system.

Biodiversity human capital development strategy

Evaluation of the Resource Smart Food Initiative

Client: WWF South Africa

Pinpoint was contracted to undertake a streamlined evaluation of WWF-South Africa’s Resource Smart Food Initiative. The aim of the review was to ascertain the achievements of intended ambitions, and recommendations for future work and/or strengthening. The evaluation assessed the programme against performance, focus, niche positioning for impact, viability and value to WWF national and international criteria.

Evaluation of the Resource Smart Food Initiative

Vetting of completed research reports

Client: Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA)

Pinpoint is contracted by CHIETA to review and vet previously completed research reports. We draw on our research expertise to assess the reports for quality, methodology appropriateness and use, literature reviewed and analysis thereof, robustness of findings and recommendations, style and referencing. This provides CHIETA with a level of quality assurance for when they use the research to make informed decisions. 

Vetting of completed research reports for Chieta

External review of WWF South Africa's Environmental Leaders Programme

Client: WWF South Africa

Pinpoint was commissioned by WWF South Africa to undertake a review of their Environmental Leaders Programme (ELP). The aim of the review was to provide an expert opinion and recommendations for the programme’s future. The programme’s performance, focus, niche positioning for impact, viability and value to WWF nationally and globally were assessed. A 4th generation evaluation approach was adopted, which included desktop research and engagement with key internal WWF South Africa staff and external experts.

External review of WWF South Africa's Environmental Leaders Programme

National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III review

Client: Mzabalazo Advisory Services 
Funder: Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) 

Wits University’s Centre for Researching Education & Labour commissioned Pinpoint to undertake research to inform two case studies, as part of a review of NSDS Ill. These included Research and innovation support, and Programmes targeting youth. Research and interviews were undertaken to evaluate the various research, education and training programmes supported by Sector Education Authorities.

National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III review

The Eco-Furniture Programme: An evaluative review

Client: Creating Sustainable Value (CSV)
Funder: The Jobs Fund / National Treasury 

Pinpoint formed part of a team, led by Creating Sustainable Value (CSV), to undertake a mid-term evaluative review of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Working for Water Eco-Furniture Programme. Pinpoint focused on alien invasive value-add industry opportunities.

Eco-Furniture Programme: An evaluative review