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It Takes a Village

Kasi sport academy inspiring a culture of farming

The blissful laughter of athletic women and children with green fingers can be heard echoing through the township of Tsakane Mashona, Extension 12 in...

‘Garden detention’ sparks learners’ interest in food gardening

At the foot of the scenic Tsitsikamma Mountains in the Eastern Cape, learners at Johan Hus Primary School intentionally misbehave to work in their...

Fruit farm gives learners a chance at reaching their full potential

“When you’ve been a teacher for over 40 years, you understand that education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty in...

Khoesan descendants produce highest quality rooibos

Tucked away in the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Range in the Western Cape hides one of Mzansi’s oldest and most historic villages – Wupperthal. The...

‘Neighbourhood Farm’ creates jobs and tackles food security

“We’re trying to create a mosaic of urban farms that grows food, minds and our communities,” says, Neighbourhood Farm founder and chief executive officer...

Rubbish dump proved to be a treasure trove for female agriculturalists

In 2012, a group of women from Mapetla East in Soweto looked at a rubbish dump behind a primary school in the area and...

Gogos’ gardens feed thousands in KwaZulu-Natal

In the breathtakingly beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal lives a 76-year-old retired nurse, Cwengekile Myeni. In this region Myeni dedicated nearly...

Primary school principal creates a local food hub

The need for nutritious food in her school and village encouraged North West school principal Ellen Leping (50) to revive their neglected school garden...

Lavender is changing lives in gang-ridden Lavender Hill

Marcelle Du Plessis has no airs and graces. In fact, as rare as it may sound, the 31-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) graduate...

Small-scale farmer support programme gives rural farmers a second chance

In South Africa, there are approximately two million small-scale or household farmers. Most of these farmers are in rural areas and are isolated from...

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Land Bank’s junk rating ‘disastrous’ for farmers

The downgrading of the Land Bank to junk status by international ratings agency Moody’s has been described as “disastrous” by leaders in organized agriculture. It...

Livestock farmer takes the reigns as new AFASA Youth chairperson

The youth wing of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) recently elected a new chairperson to spearhead their organisation. Livestock farmer Keatlegile Mnguni...

WATCH: There is Ubuntu in farming for agripreneur Sabatha Segoba

Motho ke motho ka batho. You are because we are. Ubuntu. This is what makes the entrepreneurial landscape of Mzansi unique, believes agripreneur Sabatha Segoba who is featured on this week’s Farmer’s Inside Track video episode.   Segoba (32) is the co-founder of...

Crowd-farming: Redefining Livestock Investment

There is a traditional Xhosa proverb that states: Ubuhle bendoda ziinkomo zayo, which loosely translates to “A man is only as handsome as the size of...

PODCAST: Livestock farmer considers lack of government assistance a blessing in disguise

Imagine running a farm without any government assistance and how difficult that must be. That is the reality for most commercial farmers in Mzansi,...