The purpose of the Mandela University Food Systems can be set out as follows:

  1.  To coordinate and create a level of priority for our collective approaches and interventions on 'food' as a key component of Nelson Mandela University's engagement strategy.
  2. To clarify, explore and nurture a demonstrable and transdisciplinary programme across knowledge-fields and functional areas of the university.
  3. To collaborate with multiple stakeholder-communities, both internal and external, that are food systems-oriented.
  4. To develop strategic partnerships provincially, nationally, continentally and globally, and to reach out to diverse stakeholders for input, buy-in and programme implementation.
  5. To hold meetings of the various stakeholder-communities in order to engage in dialogues, discuss progress made, and collaborate on new ideas moving forward.