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The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the departments in the School of Agriculture at the University of Venda. It was established in 2000 to offer a three degree in Family Ecology and Consumer Science (B.FECS). In 2002 the department produced its first group of graduates. The Department is designing two Undergraduate Career Focused Diplomas Programmes, i.e, Food Resource Management and Clothing Production Development. In addition the department will offer Methods of Consumer Science. Current programmes include two Short Learning Programme certificates (SLP) in Catering/food preparation and Clothing production/sewing. The Department assists in supervising students (focusing on Food Security) from the Institute for Rural Development.

Mission

The mission of the Consumer Science department is aligned to University of Venda vision which is to provide tertiary education to meet the human resource needs for rural and regional development in Southern Africa.This is achieved through teaching, research, and community engagement. The department’s aim is to facilitate the process for individuals, families, and communities to become more responsible for improving their well-being in relation to their economic, social, cultural, political and physical environment. The primary focus is to improve peoples’ decision-making abilities in order help them make the best use of available resources. This is achieved through providing practical skills and career focused programmes to students focusing on Foods/Nutrition, Clothing production/Clothing design, and Resource Management.

Vision

The department’s aim is to produce graduates with skills for careers in the formal (Teaching, Community Development, Extension work, Food/Clothing Industries) and informal sectors (Entrepreneurship and Self-employment in Foods/Catering, and Clothing Design).

Last updated 10 March 2016

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

CODE NAME OF MODULE (Prerequisite in brackets)
FEC 1541: Introduction to Family Ecology
FEC 1641: Family Development and Management : (Prereq FEC1541)
FEC 1642: Introduction to nutrition
FEC 2541: Family resource management and decision making(Prereq FEC1641)
FEC 2542: Life-cycle nutrition(Prereq FEC1642)
FEC 2543: Introduction to foods
FEC 2544: Housing provisions
FEC 2545: Introduction to clothing and textiles
FEC 2641: Family financial management and consumer studies(Prereq FEC2541)
FEC 2642: Nutrition related diseases(Prereq FEC2542)
FEC 2643:: Food preservation(Prereq FEC2543)
FEC 2644: Ecology and design perspectives of housing(Prereq FEC2544)
FEC 2645: Garment construction and pattern design(Prereq FEC2545)
FEC 3541: Adult education , gender and development(Prereq FEC2641)
FEC 3542: Community nutrition(Prereq FEC2642)
FEC 3543: Meal management and food product development(Prereq FEC2643)
FEC 3544: Interior planning of houses(Prereq FEC2644)
FEC 3545: Fashion marketing & clothing industry consumer services(Prereq FEC2645)
FEC 3081: Research project / industrial attachment

Ass. Prof. LL Maliwichi (Head) B.Sc.(Agric)(Malawi), M.Sc.(Nutrition)(London), PhD(Cornell).
Tel: +27 15 962 8626
Fax: +27 15 962 8598
E-mail: Maliwichi@univen.ac.za

Selected Publications:

1. Maliwichi LL, Simalenga TE, Oni SA, A Situational analysis of consumer science skills used to improve incomes and create self-employment in the Limpopo province’ South Africa. International Journal of Consumer Studies Vol. 32: 399-401, 2008

2. S. A. Oni, L. L. Maliwichi and O. S. Obadire. Socio-economic factors affecting smallholder farming and household food security: A case of Thulamela local municipality in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol 5 (17): 2289 – 2296, 2010

3. Maliwichi L.L., Maswanganyi P, A Study of Child Feeding Practices of Mothers Attending Noblehook Clinic, Limpopo Province, South Africa, “Journal of Current Politics and Economics of Africa” Vol 2(1-2): 161-200, 2010.

4. Maliwichi LL, Oni SA, Sifumba L. An Evaluation of Small-Scale Agribusinesses and Household Income Generating Activities in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Food Agriculture Nutrition and Development Vol 10 (9): 3080-3099, 2010

5. Oni S A, L. L. Maliwichi and O. S. Obadire. Assessing the contribution of smallholder irrigation to household food security, in comparison to dry-land farming in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol 6 (10): 2188 – 2197, 2011

6. Maliwichi LL, Oni SA, Sifumba L. An evaluation of the performance of small scale agribusinesses in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 6(16), pp. 3903-3910, 18 August, 2011

7. Simalenga T.E, Maliwichi L L. Promotion of household renewable energy technologies in rural communities: Challenges and experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scientific Research and Essays. Vol. 6 (27) pp 5650-5657, 2011

8. Maliwichi LL, S. A. Oni SA and O. S. Obadire OS. An investigation into the factors affecting food availability, choices and nutritional adequacy of smallholder farming households under irrigation and dryland farming in Vhembe district of Limpopo, province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 7(25), pp. 3903-3910, 18 July, 2012, pp. 3653- 3664

9. Masekoameng MR, Maliwichi LL The status of Food Access in Limpopo Province South Africa: a case of Rural households in Sekhukhune District South Africa.Journal of Human Ecology Volume 46 (1) May 2014. Pg 39-46

10. Masekoameng MR, Maliwichi LL Determinants of food accessibility of the rural households in Sekhukhune district Limpopo province, South Africa . Journal of Human Ecology Volume 47 (3) Sept 2014. Pg 275-283

11. R. Mathye, L.L. Maliwichi. An Investigation into Factors Contributing to the Consumption of Street Foods and Franchise Foods in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, Journal of Human Ecology, 49(3) pg 281-284 (2015)

12. Maliwichi LL, Simalenga TE, Oni SA, A Situational analysis of consumer science skills used to improve incomes and create self-employment in the Limpopo province’ South Africa. International Journal of Consumer Studies Vol. 32: 399-401, 2008

13. S. A. Oni, L. L. Maliwichi and O. S. Obadire. Socio-economic factors affecting smallholder farming and household food security: A case of Thulamela local municipality in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol 5 (17): 2289 – 2296, 2010

14. Maliwichi L.L., Maswanganyi P, A Study of Child Feeding Practices of Mothers Attending Noblehook Clinic, Limpopo Province, South Africa, “Journal of Current Politics and Economics of Africa” Vol 2(1-2): 161-200, 2010 .

15. Maliwichi LL, Oni SA, Sifumba L. An Evaluation of Small-Scale Agribusinesses and Household Income Generating Activities in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Food Agriculture Nutrition and Development Vol 10 (9): 3080-3099, 2010

16. Oni S A, L. L. Maliwichi and O. S. Obadire. Assessing the contribution of smallholder irrigation to household food security, in comparison to dry-land farming in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol 6 (10): 2188 – 2197, 2011

17. Maliwichi LL, Oni SA, Sifumba L. An evaluation of the performance of small scale agribusinesses in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 6(16), pp. 3903-3910, 18 August, 2011

18. Simalenga T.E, Maliwichi L L. Promotion of household renewable energy technologies in rural communities: Challenges and experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scientific Research and Essays. Vol. 6 (27) pp 5650-5657, 2011

19. Maliwichi LL, S. A. Oni SA and O. S. Obadire OS. An investigation into the factors affecting food availability, choices and nutritional adequacy of smallholder farming households under irrigation and dryland farming in Vhembe district of Limpopo, province, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 7(25), pp. 3903-3910, 18 July, 2012, pp. 3653- 3664

20. Masekoameng MR, Maliwichi LL The status of Food Access in Limpopo Province South Africa: a case of Rural households in Sekhukhune District South Africa.Journal of Human Ecology Volume 46 (1) May 2014. Pg 39-46

21. Masekoameng MR, Maliwichi LL Determinants of food accessibility of the rural households in Sekhukhune district Limpopo province, South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology Volume 47 (3) Sept 2014. Pg 275-283

22. R. Mathye, L.L. Maliwichi. An Investigation into Factors Contributing to the Consumption of Street Foods and Franchise Foods in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, Journal of Human Ecology, 49(3) pg 281-284 (2015)

Last updated 11 March 2016

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Animal Science.

Professor LL Maliwichi
Position: Head of Department
Qualifications: BSc (Agric)(Malawi), MSc (Nutrition)(London), PhD (Cornell)
Telephone: +27 15 962 8626
Email: Maliwichi@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture

Ms MT Malaza
Position: Lecturer
Qualifications: B Home Economics (Education)(UWC), B Consumer Science (Hons)(UP), M. Consumer Science (UP)
Telephone: +27 15 962 8627
Email:Thembi.Malaza@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture

Mrs M Mulondo
Position: Senior Lab Technician
Qualification: BFECS (Univen), HONRDV (Univen), Cert. Pattern Design (LISOF)
Email: Mulalo.Mulondo@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture

Last updated 11 March 2016