Professor Sheryl Hendriks, University of Pretoria

ReSAKSS Annual Conference / Professor Sheryl Hendriks, University of Pretoria

Professor Sheryl Hendriks, University of Pretoria


Professor Sheryl L Hendriks is Head of Department, and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Professor Sheryl Hendriks holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Natal and is a food security policy expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and programme design. She is actively engaged in high-level global food security policy think tanks and panels and influential in food security and nutrition policy circles in Africa. Her research and teaching focuses on food security and nutrition policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation of food security at the household, national and global information system level. She has served as a member of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit Scientific Group.

She is an Associate Editor for BioMedical Central’s Public Health and the PLoS One journals. She has published more than 60 accredited journal papers, edited five books and published over 30 book chapters. She has made the single largest contribution to capacity development for food security in Africa. Her graduates occupy many prominent positions in international agencies, Universities and NGOs.

Professor Hendriks is co-author of a number of consensus studies related to food security, including 8 reports published during two terms on the UN Committee on World Food Security’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, as lead author for the InterAcademy Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture Africa regional report and Global Synthesis Report.