When our team at INMED South Africa began an adaptive agriculture project with the all-female Pella Food Garden cooperative in 2017, the members had been struggling to farm their drought-ravaged land for eight years but could not generate enough income to utilize all their land or buy inputs. All the members had to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. Co-op leader Ester Nell, however, believed that implementing climate-adaptive technologies would not only help them survive but thrive.
On November 22, this Northern Cape farming cooperative will celebrate 2 major agricultural awards, a 60-fold increase in revenue and the launch of Phase II of their incredibly successful project with INMED and Old Mutual.
The event will showcase the various techniques the co-op implemented to improve their traditional agriculture practices as well as provide public tours of their climate-smart aquaponics system.
Phase II of the Pella project will focus on capacity-building and sustainable profitability through market expansion, further training and the addition of a production processing room and cold storage facility. The group will learn new farm management skills, such as marketing, risk management, financial management and labor management. INMED South Africa also will build community support by launching an environmental education programme for the local primary school and providing extensive training for local agricultural extension officers to deliver ongoing technical support after project completion.
For more information, contact Janet Ogilvie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2006, INMED South Africa has been working in collaboration with a wide range of corporate, foundation and government partners to transform the health, lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of South Africa’s most vulnerable children. Incorporated under Section 21 in 2011, INMED South Africa is a registered non-profit organization (NPC/PBO) recognized by the Department of Social Development and SARS. Our programmes are built on similar models that parent organization INMED Partnerships for Children has delivered in more than 100 countries (including 15 sub-Saharan African nations) over the past 32 years.
INMED South Africa’s programmes focus on challenges unique to South Africa. Our collaborative approach creates pathways for disadvantaged children and their families to achieve self-reliance and success–not only for themselves but also for their communities and the next generation. INMED’s programmes focus on challenges unique to South Africa, including:
There are various ways you can become involved with INMED South Africa, from donating seeds through the Seeds for Life programme to volunteering, to learning how to protect our environment via one of the INMED training workshops, for more information on ways INMED South Africa can help in your community please contact us.
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