School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School strives to provide a learning environment that prepares students to acquire skills necessary for meeting societal needs. We seek to produce wholesome graduates who are not only technically qualified, but also have the critical and creative thinking skills to give them the competitive edge in the workplace, particularly...
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Autumn Grad Highlights

Join us in celebrating our future leaders as they make their way from student life to post-graduation opportunities. Take a look at the Autumn Graduation information and Graduate stories.
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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Pardon Muchaonyerwa | 14 July

He will be discussing: Strategies to improve agricultural productivity, organic waste management and climate change resilience
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UKZN to Contribute Food Security Expertise to International Collaboration

UKZN is one of 18 partners that comprise the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS) which has developed a successful proposal for an Africa-Europe Cluster of Research Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems to promote a new approach to equitable research collaboration. At a summit...
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PhD and Publications a Triumph for Orphaned Food Security Researcher

Dr Simphiwe Hlatshwayo’s PhD research on the impact of crop productivity and market participation on household food and nutrition security resulted in an impressive 12 publications for the young graduate, whose mentorship of other students and research have set her on an academic career track. Hlatshwayo was born and bred...
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Dietetics Lecturer Receives Recognition for Contributions to the Profession

Dr Laurencia Govender, a senior lecturer in UKZN’s Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, received the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) Recognition Award in the Young Dietitian category at the 2023 Nutrition Congress, hosted by ADSA and the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) for going above and...
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Dean & Head of School (Acting)

Prof Julia Sibiya

Ms Phumelele Mshengu
033 260 6476

The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a three-part mission of teaching, research and community engagement. The School has had a significant influence on this continent for over sixty years – from pigs, poultry, papaws and pecans through to farm finance, food security and agricultural development.

The School offers is comprised of five clusters, each with its own disciplines.

Biophysical Sciences

  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Soil Science


  • Geography


  • Geology 

Production Sciences

  • Animal & Poultry Science
  • Crop Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Pathology


  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Extension & Rural Resources Management
  • Dietetics & Human Nutrition
  • Food Security

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