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20 02, 2018

Busisiwe shares her Eastern Cape seed route

2018-02-21T11:01:12+00:00 February 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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 […]

26 08, 2017

An update on Phase Two of the Amanzi for Food Programme

2017-09-15T10:20:30+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

Launch of the Amanzi for Food Phase 2 project (2017-2021)

As shared with you before, the Amanzi for food phase 2 was launched with effect from 12 March 2017 commencing with a strategic planning meeting at Rhodes University, involving key stakeholders drawn from Agricultural education and training institutes and small holder farmers. The meeting led to […]

11 07, 2017

Imvelisi Boot-Camp

2017-09-15T10:20:30+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

From the 4th to the 9th of June 2017 I was at the Imvelisi Boot-Camp, where I represented Lenye Youth Group and the Amanzi for Food Research Project amongst other Enviropreneurs!!

As Lenye Youth Group we would love to see Lenye village and all of Qoboqobo (Keiskammahoek) flourishing in its agricultural activity. We took the idea […]

10 06, 2017

Seed sharing in the Eastern Cape, starting with Pearl Millet

2017-09-15T10:20:30+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

The seed sharing from Enaleni farm is showing good results in the Eastern Cape. Pearl millet was amongst the seeds shared by Richard to Ilizwi la mafama on 24 November 2016 and farmers were expected to multiply the seed and save it for the seasons to come. Each farmer involved received about a teaspoon full […]

16 05, 2017

Community Engagement Award for the WRC Amanzi for Food Programme

2017-09-15T10:20:30+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

On the 20th of April 2017 at Rhodes University’s Graduation Ceremony, the Amanzi for Food Programme received  the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award (one of two recipients). Teams or individuals are awarded this prestigious award when they are recognised for having an authentic approach to engaged research, focusing on establishing mutually respectful and beneficial relationships […]

28 04, 2017

Collective learning to live with wicked climate problems through water and seed for food sovereignty: leaving no one (willing) behind.

2017-09-15T10:20:31+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

Smallholder farmers in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape Province have demonstrated that it is possible to mobilise their cultural and traditional knowledge practices to make a living from the soil. They have managed to do this through collaboration with agricultural and further education and training (FET) colleges, developing water for food production, and […]

10 04, 2017

Amanzi for Food presented at the Partnership for Action on Green Economy global inter-ministerial meeting in Germany

2017-04-10T07:27:45+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

On the 27th of March 2017, Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka presented the work we have done over the last few years with the WRC Amanzi for Food research programme. The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) held a meeting where we were selected from a range of international 2-page pitch documents to present the programme to […]