School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences


The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences is home to world-class researchers who seek sustainable solutions for problems faced by contemporary society. Often, these researchers work as part of multi-disciplinary groups, providing unique and useful insights. 


Research Space is an institutional repository of the University’s publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output.

Take a look at publications from the disciplines within the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Research centres/ units

  • Agromet Weather Station
    Environmental sensors are used to measure factors affecting the micro-climate.

  • African Centre for Crop Improvement 
    The African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), addresses the need for quality agricultural scientists trained in Africa to work on African crops; the need to keep these scientists in Africa; and the need to be able to develop new varieties for each crop adapted to the continent’s diversity of agroecologies.

  • African Centre for Food Security 
    Aware of the growing food security crisis in Africa, the School of Agricultural Sciences and Agribusiness established the African Centre for Food Security (ACFS) in 2006 to contribute to building and sustaining the critical mass of African expertise required to alleviate hunger on the continent.

  • Agricultural Policy Research Unit
    The Agricultural Policy Research Unit (APRU) engages in applied research to produce highly relevant, evidence-based discussion documents that constructively contribute to the debate on agricultural policy in South Africa.

  • Centre for Water Resources Research
    The Centre for Water Resources Research was formed in 2012 out of a cohesive group of academics who have been active in research, teaching and capacity building related to hydrology and water resources research since 1984. The on-going importance and relevance of water resources related research and teaching and the sustained research output of the group provides the basis to formally establish a Centre of Excellence within the University.

  • Farmers Support Group
    Farmer Support Group (FSG) is a research, community development and outreach unit within the school. FSG places emphasis on addressing the needs of resource-poor farmers, other land users and development practitioners in sustainable agriculture, food security, natural resource management, institutional development and entrepreneurship.

  • Plant Breeding MSc Program for Africa
    UKZN proposes to train 30 postgraduate students at MSc degree level to advance the uptake of improved varieties using: a new curricula, a different approach to training, emphasising modern breeding and data management technologies, and a 6-month internship to increase genetic gains and practical exposure of postgraduate students to the seed sector, respectively.


The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

There are two SARChI research chairs in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences:

  • Professor Onisimo Mutanga
  • Professor Paramu Mofangoya