Countries across the globe will be observing World Food Day on the 16th of October this year against the stark backdrop of almost 870 million chronically undernourished people worldwide.
This year's theme
'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition'
The focus is on understanding the problems and solutions to the on-going battle of degradation and increasing threats to the ecosystems and biodiversity crucial for a secure food supply and future.
Woolworths will be hosting a campaign from 9th to 16th October where twitter-savvy South Africans can also play a small part in World Food Day.
The aim is to donate 30 000 seedlings to EduPlant schools across South Africa.
For every 'I’ve just planted a seedling with Woolies for #wwgrowfood' tweet, a seedling will be planted as a contribution to 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition'.
EduPlant, a national schools’ permaculture food gardening programme, co-ordinated by Food & Trees for Africa, has been a flagship project of the Woolworths Trust since 2004.
The Trust has donated more than R17 million to the EduPlant programme and more than 47 000 educators from thousands of schools have been trained in permaculture techniques so that they can initiate and manage sustainable food gardens at their schools.
In 2012, more than 360 new food gardens were created, primarily at under-resourced schools with more than 80% of the schools maintaining EduPlant food gardens, use the fresh vegetables and fruits to supplement feeding schemes at their schools.