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Siyavuna Fair Climate Agriculture Project

Start project:
  • 2014

Siyavuna's program requires farmers to adopt organic methods and encourages permaculture principles in which soil restoration and soil quality are central. "Healthy soil = healthy plants" is a phrase that Siyavuna farmers hear from the Siyavuna team from their first training session and many times subsequently as they farm. By practicing organic methods, Siyavuna farmers avoid polluting the environment and become community activists, promoting environmental responsibility in their communities.

Siyavuna operates in rural areas in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal. This district is characterized by economic duality where poverty co-exists with affluence. Whereas the commercial farming sector is characterized by under utilization of agricultural land, the subsistence agricultural sector is characterized by overpopulation, land degradation, low agricultural productivity and underdevelopment. Rural communities also lack infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, clean tap water, sanitation, health facilities and training centers for skills development.

Siyavuna recognizes the importance of developing a model of agriculture that is more sustainable than conventional agricultural methods. Doing this requires the adoption of climate smart agriculture and agro-ecology practices. Conventional agricultural practices tend to compromise future productivity in favour of high productivity in the present. It does this by overdrawing and degrading agricultural resources such as soil, water and genetic diversity.

The organization seeks to alleviate:
(1) poverty and food insecurity prevalent in the Ugu District,
(2) the dire need to stimulate the local economy and enable entrepreneurship and
(3) the challenges of climate change and the resultant increased vulnerability of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

It takes a pro-poor fair climate approach desiring to see that poor communities benefit directly from the projects implemented and that the intervention contributes to building resilience to climate change.

Barley Emerging Farmers Economic Development

The BE-FED project seeks to promote the participation of emerging black farmers in the commercial barley production supply ...

Project started:
  • 2016
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South African Smallscale Sugar Growers

This projects aims to uplift local rural small-scale sugar cane farmers in South Africa. The project will improve ...

Project started:
  • 2014
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