Today is World Food Day, and with the
focus this year on how climate change affects food security, the message is
clear: agriculture needs to adapt to our warming planet. As temperatures rise
and weather-related disasters increase, 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 one of the biggest
contributors to global warming (due to the burning of fossil fuels to generate
electricity), and there’s an urgent need for solutions.
The 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 soil quality.
learn more about how EduPlant and the Woolworths Trust are helping to secure
food supplies for generations to come.