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South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences (SAAFECS)


As the executive committee of SAAFECS, we strive to expand knowledge, learning and scholarship in all the fields related to Consumer Sciences. These broad fields include, among others, food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, interior design and – development, education, entrepreneurship, consumer issues, and sustainable consumption and – production.

In my role as the current president of SAAFECS, I endeavour to construct bridges to strengthen connections between industry and education, scholars and teachers, researchers and consumers in general. To this extent, SAAFECS has increased its efforts to disseminate information, support students and researchers in data gathering efforts, and present opportunities for sharing of information and networking. We have offered several webinars over the past months and are currently planning the 16th International SAAFECS Conference, which will take place in 2024. 

I invite you to take a look around our website; let us know if you are interested in becoming a member and if there is something you think we can help with. We look forward to meeting you!

Keep an eye out for the announcement of the upcoming Conference and other opportunities to join us in growing and expanding the body of knowledge and scholarship together.

Dr Adri Du Toit

President: SAAFECS

What's New

For information on what is happening in the world of Consumer Sciences and the related fields, click to open. HOWEVER, click on the CONFERENCE tab for information about the upcoming 16th International SAAFECS conference in conjunction with IFHE Africa, 2024

2024 Nutrition congress

Please see the Save the Date attached for the 2024 Nutrition Congress.

The congress will be held 2-4 October 2024 at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

The call for abstracts is open until 18 March 2024 on the congress website www.nutritioncongress.co.za

2023 Nutrition congress

The Nutrition Congress will be hosted 18-20 April 2023 in Somerset West, South Africa.  For more information, see the brochure below or visit the website www.nutritioncongress.co.za 

World Social Marketing 2023

The World Social Marketing Conference will be held in Johannesburg, 24-26 April 2023.

Call for papers are now open.

For more information, please visit the website: https://wsmconference.com/

IFHE Publications

The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) hosted the 2022 World Congress.  The theme related to the textile and design exhibition, and outputs were often connected to sustainable production practices and are published at the IFHE website.

You can download and view the resources here

2020 South African Society of Dairy Technology’s one-day symposium on 24 March 2020

Where: The Premier Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport

Conference Package

SASDT Member – Full Conference Package (1 day) – R 1,800.00
Non-SASDT Member – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R2,350.00
Bona Fide Student – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R550.00
SASDT Honorary Member – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R550.00
EXHIBITOR – (Exhibition space only, delegate fee not included) – R2,000.00

Reflecting on World Home Economics Day 21st March 2019
Each March, beginning in 1982,members of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) celebrate World Home Economics Day to promote family and consumer issues. The 2019 theme, “Creativity and Innovation in Home Economics for Sustainable Development”, highlights our profession’s contribution to a sustainable future. Sustainable development begins at home.
2019 Short course: The influence of Context/Environment and Psycho-graphics on Product Design and Evaluation
The Department of Consumer and Food Sciences is offering a short course CONSUMER RESEARCH WITH FOOD AND OTHER PRODUCTS presented by Prof Meiselman from the 6-8 August 2019.