UKZN Celebrates World food day
Dear Staff and Students
On Saturday 16 October, UKZN will be celebrating World Food Day from 09h00-13h00 on the Pietermaritzburg Campus (Colin Webb Hall and on the Library Lawns).
The institution will use this opportunity to tell the story of UKZN’s Food Security Programme, and its efforts to make sure that every UKZN student is food-secure.
This includes the endeavours of UKZN students to develop campus residence food gardens; the #StretchMyNSFASRand Competition; postgraduate student food security research projects; and the actions of the UKZN Food Security Task Team.
World Food Day aims:
- to inform South Africans about the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security;
- to heighten public awareness on issues such as food scarcity and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty;
- to promote food production and to stimulate national, bi-lateral, trans-national and non-governmental initiatives;
- to encourage research and technology development for the development of symbiotic ecological food production systems to ensure sustainable food production;
- to enhance the participation of rural people, particularly women and the under-privileged, in decisions and events impacting their living conditions;
- to heighten public awareness on the government programmes aimed at halving hunger in South Africa;
- to raise awareness of the public regarding the contribution of indigenous forests to food security and nutrition.