The University of Zululand’s Department of Consumer Sciences recently held a World Food Day celebration at the Ikhayalethemba Drop in Centre in KwaMbonambi. The theme of the event was “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”
World Food Day is held annually on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. World Food Day helps raise people’s awareness of problems in global food supply and distribution of food. Each year has a different theme.
Consumer Sciences Head of Department, Dr Bolyn Selepe said sustainable food systems include food production, processing methods that are not detrimental to the environment, ecosystem and biodiversity. “It means achieving today’s food security needs, without preventing future generations in meeting their needs,” she said.
Dr Selepe also said that sustainable food systems encompass foods that are locally produced using sustainable environmental sensitive methods. “The theme for this year’s World Food Day encourages communities to produce food without having a negative impact on the environment,” she added.
CAPTION: Final year Consumer Sciences students at the World Food Day celebration held at Ikhayalethemba Drop-in Centre in KwaMbonambi