16 05, 2017

Community Engagement Award for the WRC Amanzi for Food Programme

2017-09-15T10:20:30+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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 […]

28 03, 2017

Read this great article on the Rural Women’s Assembly website!

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

Rural Women and Drought Resilience: Planting Drought Resistant Crops is the title of the article and it features our very own Busiswe Magangxela or Mrs Peter as we all know her. She reports on the millet seed she has received through our collaborative work. Read the article through the link below.

15 03, 2017

The Next Phase of the Amanzi for Food Programme

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

The first phase of the Amanzi for Food Programme was completed in 2016 with our final reports being published recently. Please find the Volume 1 through this link: http://www.wrc.org.za/Knowledge%20Hub%20Documents/Research%20Reports/2277-1-16.pdf or go find it on the WRC Knowledge Hub using the report number 2277/1/16.  We would like to thank all those involved in contributing to […]

15 02, 2017

Welcome to Eleonore from Germany to the Eastern Cape!

2017-02-15T12:06:19+00:00February 15th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

Passmore Dongi and his team at Raymond Mhlaba Economic Development Agency (formerly known at Nkonkobe Economic Development Agency) welcomed Eleonore Hövel from Germany as an intern. Here is what she has to say to all of us:

Dear Amanzi for Food followers,

my name is Thekla Eleonore Hövel and I studied environmental engineering at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) […]

12 01, 2017

Farming is ‘cool’: Intergenerational learning of sustainable agriculture and water in Matole basin

2017-09-15T10:20:31+00:00January 12th, 2017|Updates and Ideas|

Three young people from Matole basin in the Amathole District Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province are on a mission to mobilise other youths in their village to produce their own food and incomes from the land. For them, charity begins at home. They have their own flourishing garden; “we are growing carrot, beetroot, cabbage, […]

15 12, 2016

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

2017-09-15T10:20:31+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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 […]