Quedusizi Besters Project - Agri SAAgri SA

Transforming subsistence farming into commercially viable opportunities

Started by
The P.E.A.C.E Foundation

Beneficiaries
Small scale farmers

Why was it started?
Revitalising the economies of rural regions, providing improved nutrition for local residents and improving economic conditions.

How was it done?
“The P.E.A.C.E. Foundation works collaboratively with a number of consultants and organisations involved in the implementation of agriculturally-based projects. The universal trend is to industrialise the agricultural sector. Regional development centres or HUBS facilitate the evolution of commercial, business-like farming, characterised by an entrepreneurial approach and intensive, high production levels for both local and export markets. The cooperative model is supported through these P.E.A.C.E. HUBS or incubators (they are registered as second tier cooperative structures). They provide centralised financial management, marketing, bulk buying and bulk distribution services to primary cooperatives. See below one of the successful examples of the P.E.A.C.E. Agricultural Model. Project governance:
• Governed by a committee of 7 members, being the chairperson, his deputy, treasurer, secretary, her deputy and 2 additional members
• Managed under close supervision by the P.E.A.C.E Foundation
• Owned by cooperative of 23 active project beneficiaries
• Governing strategy monitored by the project facilitator on site.

How was it funded
Project funders:
• Toyota Tshusho Africa (Pty) Ltd
• The Industrial Development Corporation
• The Department of Trade and Industries

Social and Economic Implications
The economies and nutrition of the area has improved, creating a better life for those involved.