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Sustainable Food Systems and Development

In a changing world brought about by environmental and consumer behaviour changes, both food and agricultural sectors are required to adapt, resulting in an increased demand for graduates who understand the complexity of our ever-developing food system. 

Food systems encompass the entire spectrum of interlinked value-adding activities, ranging from production to consumption to disposal, in effect dictating the quality of our future. Elements such as food, natural resources, governance, policies, and economic opportunities are all inextricably linked.

With an increase in our global population, managing these complexities to ensure better food and nutrition security becomes imperative.

The Department for Sustainable Food Systems and Development offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, which address both the changes and needs of our current and developing food system. 

The combination of perspectives from the food and nutrition security sphere, sustainable agriculture, agriculture extensionists, and consumers, culminated in these qualifications delivering sought-after graduates who are able to work in any community or environment.

At the heart of it all is our contribution towards an environment that empowers people from all walks of life to access enough nutritious food to live a productive life.

Photo strip: Apples; Farmer; Rice grain    

Studying at Kovsies enables our graduates to excel in the world of today, equipped with the skills of tomorrow!


  • B Consumer Science
    • Food, General, or Education stream
  • B Agriculture with specialisation in Extension

Faculty Undergraduate Booklet 2022
UFS Undergraduate Prospectus 2022


  • Honours
  • PGDip
  • Master's (Structured or Research)
  • PhD


Dr Ismari van der Merwe
E: ivdmerwe@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2598


Wilma van der Walt
E: vanderwaltw@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2572


Prof Johan van Niekerk
E: vniekerkja@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 3765


Elfrieda van den Berg: Marketing Manager
T: +27 51 401 2531

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