Ideas and Updates 2017-09-15T10:20:29+00:00

Sharing knowledge on the use and conservation of water for food production

Ideas and Updates

On this page we will be posting articles and documents which will show how our ideas on RWH&C are developing as the Amanzi for Food project develops.  We will be producing a series of ‘Think Pieces’ which we hope you will find interesting and stimulating.  We will also be reporting on some of the project’s key activities and developments.

We are very keen to have comments, suggestions, fresh ideas and updates on RWH&C from our partners in the project and visitors to the website. Please send through anything you think may be of interest to us via the contact page.

Climate Smart Agriculture comes to the Eastern Cape

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

  A sister project to Amanzi for Food is based in KZN and is focussed on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).  This project is also funded by the Water Research Commission and is led by Mahlathini [...]

Busisiwe shares her Eastern Cape seed route

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Busisiwe Mgangxela, an emerging rural farmer near Hogsback who is passionate about keeping things natural and traditional, shares her Green Route. My background as a nurse educator where good quality nutrition is the first line [...]

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Towards sustainable vegetable growing with farmer learning videos in Benin

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Vegetable production plays an important role in nutrition, food security and poverty reduction in Benin. However, vegetable production is hampered by pests and farmers rely on pesticides to control them. Improving farmers’ knowledge is important [...]

Agriculturalist learn about Rainwater Harvesting at UMP

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Crispin Dirwai, Chamu Mutambo and Gerhard Viljoen at the course The Amanzi for Food Training of Trainers course kicked off at the University of Mpumalanga on Wednesday September 13. MBOMBELA – Water [...]

Amanzi for Food wins Greening the Future Awards

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A unique approach gives Amanzi for Food the edge. Unlike many programmes that use “Research-Develop-Disseminate-Adopt” strategies to produce knowledge without continual in-the-field integration, Amanzi for Food involves farmers, extension officers, agricultural educators and trainers. There [...]

An update on Phase Two of the Amanzi for Food Programme

August 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Launch of the Amanzi for Food Phase 2 project (2017-2021) As shared with you before, the Amanzi for food phase 2 was launched with effect from 12 March 2017 commencing with a strategic planning meeting [...]

Imvelisi Boot-Camp

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

From the 4th to the 9th of June 2017 I was at the Imvelisi Boot-Camp, where I represented Lenye Youth Group and the Amanzi for Food Research Project amongst other Enviropreneurs!! As Lenye Youth Group [...]

Seed sharing in the Eastern Cape, starting with Pearl Millet

June 10th, 2017|0 Comments

The seed sharing from Enaleni farm is showing good results in the Eastern Cape. Pearl millet was amongst the seeds shared by Richard to Ilizwi la mafama on 24 November 2016 and farmers were expected [...]

Community Engagement Award for the WRC Amanzi for Food Programme

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Collective learning to live with wicked climate problems through water and seed for food sovereignty: leaving no one (willing) behind.

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Amanzi for Food presented at the Partnership for Action on Green Economy global inter-ministerial meeting in Germany

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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) [...]

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

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

The Next Phase of the Amanzi for Food Programme

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Welcome to Eleonore from Germany to the Eastern Cape!

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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: [...]

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

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Amanzi for Food expands to the North West!

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Collective radio listening provides immediate drought solutions

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]