As global warming
leads to rising temperatures and an increase in weather-related disasters, the
world's poorest – often farmers, fishers and pastoralists – are hardest hit.
Add to this that 50% of SA’s population doesn’t have enough food*, and that
we’re a serious contributor to climate change (due to the burning of fossil
fuels to generate electricity), and it’s clear that agriculture needs to adapt
to our warming planet.
EduPlant Programme – initiated and managed by Food & Trees for Africa – is just one of the ways Woolies is addressing the issue of food security
and helping to break the cycle of rural poverty in SA. Supported by the
Woolworths Trust, EduPlant is a permaculture food gardening programme that
enables schools and communities countrywide to grow sustainable, healthy food
gardens – while protecting natural ecosystems and biodiversity. “Hundreds of
schools across South Africa are supplementing their feeding schemes with fresh,
sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, thanks to EduPlant,” says Zinzi
Mgolodela, Woolworths’ Head of Transformation. “We also source over 90% of our
food products locally, so we play an active role in ensuring that food
production and farming is viable and grows with our nation’s needs.” In
addition, Woolworths’ Farming for the Future programme promotes farming methods
that use less water, fewer synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and enhance
and learn more about how EduPlant and the Woolworths Trust are helping to
secure food supplies for generations to come.