Energy, Food and Water Engineering (EFWE)
Research Group

About us

The Agricultural / Bioresources Engineering degree offered by the University of KwaZulu-Natal is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the only university in the country that offers this qualification. The university hosts a range of specialist laboratories and a closely located research farm, which is home to world renown experiments. Agricultural / Bioresources Engineering is a recognized scarce skill and graduates do not experience difficulty to find employment in a range of exciting careers that include (among others): Bio-Energy, Irrigation, Food Production, Engineering Consulting, Water Engineering, Transport and Mechanization.

Our classes are generally small and quite cosmopolitan. Most of our lecturers have a PhD qualification, often from an international university, and the full curriculum and quality of delivery is rigorously reviewed by the Engineering Council of South Africa every four years. We have strong connections with international institutes ranging from the USA, Australia and to other countries in Africa, and we regularly host international academics and students on our campus. Likewise, our own students often also visit our international partners. 

Our group comprise, among others, specialists in engineering (mainly agricultural / bioresources engineering), hydrology, microbiology, agricultural economics, agribusiness, applied mathematics and computer science. 


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Prof Tilahun Workneh

Head of EFWERG | 033 260 6140

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