Partner Farmer AgriHUB

Beneficiaries
467 farmers

Where?
Umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal.

Why it was started?
The project was designed to reduce dependence on imported agricultural produce by helping small-scale farmers build commercially viable agri-businesses.

How was it done?
The farmers in the programme are trained to use organic methods to produce crops for local consumption. Soils managed with organic methods have better water-holding capacity and infiltration rates. They also produce higher yields during both droughts and an excess of rain. The programme also helps with subsidies for seed and seedling purchases and helps with selling produce.

How it was funded?
eThekwini municipality.

Social and economic implications
The community benefits from the harvest by buying fresh and healthy produce at lower rates. As the project has grown, farmers have been able to create jobs in a region where unemployment is entrenched.