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28 10, 2018

Eastern Cape training of trainers graduation

2018-11-04T15:37:28+00:00October 28th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

Amanzi for Food, Eastern Cape training of trainers’ graduation was celebrated at Rhodes University on the 11th of October 2018. The graduation commemorated the successful completion of the Training of trainers’ course which was undertaken by farmers, extension workers and lecturers from agricultural colleges in Eastern Cape most of whom are part of the Imvotho […]

28 10, 2018

2018 World Food Day commemorations, Mxumbu village

2018-10-28T16:03:52+00:00October 28th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

World Food Day (16th October) was commemorated in style in Mxumbu Village this year, with an ‘Ilima’ event celebrating traditional farming practices, seed diversity, and food sovereignty.  ‘Ilima’ traditionally involves many people from the community working together intensively for a day in the fields, to make good headway with preparing the soil and planting.

The event was organised by a […]

18 10, 2018

Greywater harvesting and Filtration system in Fort Cox

2018-10-18T11:22:05+00:00October 18th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

The experimental project herein undertaken endeavors to explore grey-water reuse by way of setting up a circulation system where the water undergoes a process of filtration before it is pumped back to the house for use in toilet flushing. It is hypothesized that such an innovation will go a long way to reduce the municipal […]

6 08, 2018

Enactus productive demonstration site

2018-08-06T11:24:11+00:00August 6th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

As part of the Amanzi for Food, Mpumalanga symposium participants were tasked with developing posters showcasing their productive demonstration sites. Youths in the Enactus group from the University of Mpumalanga also participated in the development of the posters. Speaking on the inclusion of youths, Gerhard Viljoen, a lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga  said we, […]

6 08, 2018

Mpumalanga training of trainers certification process

2018-08-06T11:46:19+00:00August 6th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

On the 9th of July 2018, Mpumalanga Learning Network members who completed the Amanzi for Food Training of Trainers course  received certificates to celebrate this achievement. The training of trainers course comprised of 4 assignments; 3 individual assignments and one group assignment.The certificates were divided into two categories, namely certificate of curriculum innovation and […]

26 03, 2018

Climate Smart Agriculture comes to the Eastern Cape

2018-03-29T11:27:39+00:00March 26th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

 

A sister project to Amanzi for Food is based in KZN and is focussed on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).  This project is also funded by the Water Research Commission and is led by Mahlathini Organics in Pietermaritzburg. Four CSA team members (Sylvester Selala, Mazwi Dlamini, Temakholo Mathebula and Nozipho Zwane), accompanied by a young guest […]

20 02, 2018

Busisiwe shares her Eastern Cape seed route

2018-02-21T11:01:12+00:00February 20th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

Busisiwe Mgangxela, an emerging rural farmer near Hogsback who is passionate about keeping things natural and traditional, shares her Green Route.

My background as a nurse educator where good quality nutrition is the first line of management in health care drives me and gives me strength to continue even when challenges arise.

Caring for plants, the environment […]

15 02, 2018

Towards sustainable vegetable growing with farmer learning videos in Benin

2018-02-21T11:37:09+00:00February 15th, 2018|Updates and Ideas|

Vegetable production plays an important role in nutrition, food security and poverty reduction in Benin. However, vegetable production is hampered by pests and farmers rely on pesticides to control them. Improving farmers’ knowledge is important for the use of sustainable, intensive agricultural practices.

This paper assesses the role of learning video in changing vegetable farmers’ behaviour […]

12 10, 2017

Agriculturalist learn about Rainwater Harvesting at UMP

2017-10-12T15:56:28+00:00October 12th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Crispin Dirwai, Chamu Mutambo and Gerhard Viljoen at the course

The Amanzi for Food Training of Trainers course kicked off at the University of Mpumalanga on Wednesday September 13.

MBOMBELA – Water is precious. To help agriculturalists make the most of this resource, the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) joined forces with Rhodes University […]

11 10, 2017

Amanzi for Food wins Greening the Future Awards

2017-10-12T16:25:05+00:00October 11th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

A unique approach gives Amanzi for Food the edge. Unlike many programmes that use “Research-Develop-Disseminate-Adopt” strategies to produce knowledge without continual in-the-field integration, Amanzi for Food involves farmers, extension officers, agricultural educators and trainers. There are also local economic development facilitators, agricultural nongovernmental organisations and researchers from the Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre involved.

Using […]