Weekend podcast: New trust to help farmers grow

For Jac Jordaan, a farmer and founder of the newly launched Real Farmers Trust, farming has always been a passion and part of his family tradition which spans over decades. The initiative empowers farmers with the bargaining power and support they need on their growth...

Young farmers ‘should harness power of social media’

Harnessing social media in agriculture has transformed Kwanda Nyanzeka into a go-to source for a new generation of farmers. His Facebook group, Agriculture & Young, has close to 40 000 people just three months since it was established. The 24-year-old...

How 6 women and a garden are transforming rural village

When they ran out of resources and funds to keep their soup kitchen going, a group of women from Jekezi in Ngqamakhwe, a remote and impoverished village about 130km from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, had to find another way. Led by activist Nosintu Mcimeli, they turned...

‘There is money in the soil,’ says community farmer

It was more than two decades ago when a group of 24 women and six men had the idea of starting the Siyazama Community Allotment Garden Association in their neighbourhood, opposite the Sizimisele Tech High School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Most of the group members had...

On tractors and animals

This week saw the announcement of the roll out of a stimulus package to farmers in the Joe Gqabi District in the Eastern Cape. The support focuses mainly on livestock, mechanisation and farm infrastructure on four farms. We are told that to date, all the planned...