fao1On 14 October, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, speaking at the World Food Day commemoration event, at Nkume Sports Field in uMlalazi Local Municipality in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, advised that “Climate change is real and things must change”.

The event, organized by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), together with the Department of Social Development, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was marked by various activities including a visit to the Siphamandla Vegetable Cooperative where seedlings, garden tools and water tanks were donated as well as food parcels to three indigent households.

fao3FAO Representative, Dr Lewis Hove, echoed the same sentiments that climate change is a threat to food security and prevents farmers from producing sufficient food.

Among the delegates present at the event held in honor of the founding date of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization were, Deputy Minister, General Bheki Cele, KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development, Themba Mthembu and the Mayor of uMlalazi Local Municipality, Thelumoya Zulu,

Deputy Minister, General Cele expressed that it is sad that the number of hungry people in the world is decreasing and yet it is increasing in South Africa. He further added that DAFF and its partners must continue to work hard to reduce hunger, and minimize the number of people going to bed hungry.