The global population is projected to reach close to 10 billion by 2050. Of South Africa’s population, it is estimated that 26% of people have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food.

Increasing population sizes, coupled with rising rates of urbanisation, are expected to place the agriculture sector under pressure. A major threat facing food security is extreme weather events.

Addressing these challenges is the focus of World Food Day this year.

World Food Day is celebrated globally, and will be marked in the Western Cape on Friday, 28 October 2016. The Western Cape Government’s World Food Day programme takes place in Graafwater, along the West Coast.

Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Minister Bredell will outline the Western Cape Government’s food security initiatives, with a focus on the West Coast.

Mayor of the Cederberg municipality, Jimmy Barnard, will also address the event.

Ahead of the official programme, Minister Bredell will conduct a tour of the region’s food security projects. The tour will depart from the VGK Church, Leipoldtsville.


DETAILS:

DATE:              Friday, 28 October 2016

VENUE:           VGK Church, Leipoldtsville

TIMES:             8am – Briefing session for community tour

                        8:45am – 9:55am – Community tour

                       10am – World Food Day event


For media queries, kindly contact:

James-Brent Styan
Spokesperson: Anton Bredel, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning,
Mobile: 084 583 1670
Telephone: 021 483 2820
E-mail:  James-Brent.Styan@westerncape.gov.za

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za