School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

World Food Day

World Food Day is commemorated annually around the world on 16 October to highlight the plight of some one billion undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is agriculture. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher.


On Saturday 16 October, UKZN celebrated World Food Day on our Pietermaritzburg Campus.  We used this opportunity to tell the story of our Food Security Programme, and its efforts to make sure that every UKZN student is food-secure. 


We hosted UKZN’s first celebration of World Food Day with an online symposium, accompanied by a food stand on the Pietermaritzburg campus, aimed at encouraging research and technology for the development of symbiotic ecological food production systems and sustainable food production.