19 10, 2016

Collective radio listening provides immediate drought solutions

2017-09-15T10:20:32+00:00October 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00February 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 […]