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15 12, 2016

To be, or not to be, that is the question

2017-09-15T10:20:31+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Nowhere is this Shakespearean line more relevant than in the discourse of smallholder livelihoods in the wake of threats around climate variability. As smallholder farmers “lurch from drought to drought”, their food security increasingly becomes precarious. This opens up a host of questions: Why do smallholders become food insecure? To what extent is the food […]

16 11, 2016

Amanzi for Food expands to the North West!

2016-11-16T10:51:11+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

The expansion of Amanzi for Food project in the North West province is the result of the positive and innovative attitudes of the two agriculture colleges within the province. The two agriculture colleges are Potchefstroom College of Agriculture and Taung Agriculture College. The collaborative focus of the North West province’s learning network is a response to […]

1 11, 2016

Amanzi for Food researchers receive an award for their community engaged research

2017-09-15T10:20:32+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Three environmental education student researchers, Tichaona Pesanayi, Chisala Lupele and Phindile Sithole were recently awarded the 2016 Rhodes University Community Engagement student researchers of the year. The three shared the award for their combined work under the Amanzi for Food research programme. The students have worked with agricultural communities in implementing rainwater harvesting and conservation […]

19 10, 2016

Collective radio listening provides immediate drought solutions

2017-09-15T10:20:32+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Earlier this year, a group of small holder farmers in Middledrift in Nkonkobe Municipal Area came together to listen to radio programmes on rainwater harvesting. This was after they identified the current drought situation in the province as problematic. The radio programmes on rainwater harvesting were broadcasted on Forte FM radio station and were based on […]

22 08, 2016

Learning network member emerge victorious at the Eastern Cape Female Entrepreneurship Awards

2016-08-22T11:45:41+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Earlier this year, one of the Imvothu Bubomi learning network members got a chance to participate in a project called the Female Entrepreneurship Awards. She emerged victorious, scooping third position in the subsistence garden category of the competition.

 
Mrs Peter of Amatole Basin in the Nkonkonbe District, was awarded a third prize worth R5000 as a […]

11 08, 2016

WRC Amanzi for Food radio handbook

2017-09-15T10:20:32+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

The Water Research Commission Amanzi for food project has recently drafted a radio handbook which aims at helping those working with farmers to share information on rainwater harvesting and conservation practices through various media platforms such as community radio and newspaper. This is all to reach farming communities in their areas.

The guide shows how people […]

8 08, 2016

Stories from rural Zimbabwe

2017-09-15T10:20:33+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Two of our research team members are Zimbabwean and that is where their love for agriculture was ignited as farming is very much part of the way of life in Zimbabwe. In a recent article in The Sunday Mail, Chris Mabeza shares his exploration around smallholder innovations to adapt to climate variability- see the link […]

7 07, 2016

Lessons from the field

2016-07-07T07:10:19+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

As the Amanzi for Food team, we all participated in the Amanzi for Food engaged research programme and we have learnt so much. Many of us are students and have worked or are working towards a post graduate degree during the time we have engaged in the project. Out of our engaged research, we have written the […]

7 06, 2016

Collaboration at the Amanzi for Food National Workshop

2016-06-07T08:12:42+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

The Amanzi for Food national workshop was conducted at Rhodes University on 11-12 May 2016, 30 people from across South Africa representing Universities, Agricultural colleges, Extension services, Local economic development and Non-governmental organisations among others attended the two day workshop. The aim of the workshop was to share what has been done regarding developing and […]

10 05, 2016

VLSA-Amanzi for Food small dams training

2017-09-15T10:20:33+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Lima Rural Development Foundation as the secretariat of the Virtual Livelihoods School Africa: Southern African Chapter (VLSA-SA) in conjunction with Mahlathini Development Foundation has a brief of providing a networking, information sharing and up-skilling platforms for NGOs in the livelihoods and food security sectors and presently consists of a loose network of around 20 NGOs.   […]