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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.   […]

19 04, 2016

“Heads Up!” Time to catch rain for food through communication

2017-09-15T10:20:33+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

In light of the current drought that we are currently facing, in February 2016 we ran four radio programmes on rainwater harvesting and conservation for promotion of food security. These programmes emphasised the need to think and plan ahead by choosing best rainwater harvesting practices suiting their needs. The programmes occurred on Forte FM which […]

7 04, 2016

Appointment of a New Senior Agricultural Advisor at the Alice DRDAR Office

2016-04-07T07:30:04+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

On 1st March 2016 Mr Sivuyile Silinga was appointed as a new Senior Agricultural Advisor / Controller to manage the Alice Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) office. He has experience in the field of agricultural advisory services and management. His mandate is to work with the team of extension officers to drive […]

19 02, 2016

Time to count our chickens before they hatch?

2017-09-15T10:20:33+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

Amid growing concerns over the debilitating effects of climate variability, can rainwater harvesting offer smallholder farmers an escape route?

Mr Sihlahla (in the picture above), a smallholder farmer in Shurugwi, rural Zimbabwe has found an escape route from the negative effects of rainfall variability by harvesting rainwater. He uses what he calls a bicycle pump to […]

8 02, 2016

Relating, connecting and deepening collective work on water for food in times of drought

2017-09-15T10:20:34+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized, Updates and Ideas|

“We are very happy that we can now harvest water using the amadanyana (farm dams); we can now water vegetables in our garden with less effort” remarked the elderly leader of a cooperative garden with mostly women farmers in Alice in the Nkonkobe Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape. How did they get to this […]

26 01, 2016

Expanding an agricultural water learning network

2017-09-15T10:20:34+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Updates and Ideas|

The agricultural sector is diverse and there are many actors within the sector working towards similar goals geared to promote and work towards food secure communities and households. There are farmers and many governmental and private projects and programmes working towards this vision. Projects and programmes do so by running and facilitating workshops and training […]

19 11, 2015

Course Certificate Ceremony

2015-11-23T10:45:12+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Updates and Ideas|

On the 15th of October 2015, we held the Amanzi for Food Training of Trainer’s course closing ceremony. The course is a key component of the WRC Amanzi for Food programme, it aims to disseminate knowledge and skills on rainwater harvesting and conservation practices for agricultural water use in homestead food production. This course was held […]