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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 […]

19 11, 2015

Amanzi for Food on Radio

2015-11-23T10:33:29+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Updates and Ideas|

Radio is one of the effective mediums to reach farmers in rural areas. It creates a platform for them to air their views and ask questions about harvesting rainwater, ultimately bringing about learning in the public sphere.

The radio broadcasts are mainly focused on informing the listeners about rainwater harvesting. This is done by people giving […]

12 11, 2015

Rationale for Factoring in Climate Change in the Amanzi for Food Project

2016-01-26T13:26:53+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Updates and Ideas|

Being resilient is about enduring life’s challenges with grace and learning to find lessons in both triumphs and defeats on the court of life…challenges provide us with insights…it’s what makes us winners – (Latham Thomas, 2014). 

“Don’t just survive winter, thrive in it” advises an advertisement. This advert appears to be instructive in relationship to the […]

21 09, 2015

For whom the bell tolls, it tolls for us

2017-09-15T10:20:34+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|

“Days are numbered”, Mr Zephaniah Phiri Maseko would say as his biological clock’s ticking grew louder by the day. Sadly, and unknown to him, the 1st of September 2015 was to be the last of the numbered days, the day he took his last breath. The internationally acclaimed water harvester from Zvishavane, rural Zimbabwe passed […]

31 08, 2015

Bringing together indigenous and scientific knowledge for curriculum innovation in agricultural teaching about rainwater harvesting and conservation

2017-09-15T10:20:34+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Updates and Ideas|

Amanzi for Food is seeing real collaborative learning among agricultural lecturers, farmers, extension services, researchers and economic development agents leading to genuine curriculum innovation at Fort Cox College and the University of Fort Hare. There are also exciting developments taking place among farmers in the Nkonkobe and some parts of the Amahlati Local Municipalities in […]