Agri SA has teamed up with OneFarm Share to boost its channelling of excess food from farms in Mzansi to hungry families across the country.
With Mandela Day fast approaching, Agri SA announced yesterday that its new partnership with OneFarm Share will help the platform reach its target this year of having distributed 10 000 tonnes of food – enough for 40 million meals – to 1.2 million people.
OneFarm Share was created by Standard Bank in partnership with agri-fintech company HelloChoice as a response to food insecurity and excess fresh produce during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a hunger-relief and food security platform that digitally matches farmers’ excess produce to registered beneficiary organisations through reputable distribution partners such as FoodForward SA and SA Harvest.
Together, they provide an easy, secure and transparent way to channel essential food directly to vulnerable communities.
Now Agri SA’s members will, through the Agri SA Disaster Relief Foundation, provide produce that OneFarm Share will distribute through the HelloChoice digital platform.
Getting more farmers on board
“The food donation and rescue partnership between OneFarm Share and Agri SA makes so much sense,” says HelloChoice CEO and co-founder Grant Jacobs.
“It combines OneFarm Share’s online coordination and food distribution capability with the reach and impact of the Agri SA Disaster Relief Foundation, to make it easier for farmers to make a difference.”
Since inception, OneFarm Share’s platform has distributed more than 9 500 tonnes of food to more than 1 million people. This year, the campaign aims to surpass 10 000 tonnes of food to more than 1.2 million people – more than 40 million meals.
“It is appropriate that the theme this Mandela Day is ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are’, highlighting the plight of food security and climate change,” says Andrea Campher, Agri SA’s risk and disaster manager.
“Farmers understand better than anyone the immense cost pressures that South African consumers face. That is why Agri SA has partnered with OneFarm Share to ensure that we help the most vulnerable members of our society at this difficult economic time.”
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