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Inner city farm brings life to Joburg

Refiloe Molefe (61) moves through her farm with the delicate swiftness of someone half her age. She works with a calming efficiency, shifting from harvesting her potatoes to watering cabbages, then...

Abalimi embodies ‘harvest of hope’ on the Cape Flats

It is said that the first component of social justice is adequate food for all. But what happens when you live in a country that has a population of nearly 59...

Eco-warriors grow food at public pool

Two eco-warriors from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal are using unconventional spaces to grow food. Delwyn Pillay (36) and Sean Kuryschuk (29) believe breaking agricultural norms and gardening in uncommon spaces is the...

Retiree helps women grow food for their families

A chance encounter 18 years ago has changed the lives of hundreds of people living in Mzamomhle, a township on the outskirts of Gonubie in the Eastern Cape. The plight of poverty...

Backyard gardeners tackle hunger and unemployment head-on

In Avian Park, a small community just outside of Worcester in the Western Cape, residents are tackling food scarcity and unemployment head on. The community has set up 34 backyard vegetable...

Woman-led farming enterprise seeks to revive indigenous vegetable markets in Mzansi

There’s a growing interest to revive the status of indigenous food crops in Mzansi and a group of urban, black, female farmers are determined to shake up this untapped market. In Lenasia,...

Community garden feeds 400 orphaned and vulnerable children daily

In the Mpumalanga province lies the rural communities of Huntington, Lilydale and Justicia. There, a woman with a heart of gold is ensuring that 400 orphaned and vulnerable children are fed,...

Parys women rise up to feed Mzansi

In the township of Tumahole in Parys, four women have made it their mission to provide their community with affordable and easily accessible, healthy food. Located on the outskirts of the Free...

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 Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. This is thanks to the local...

‘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 Justin Bonello. He has made it his mission...

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Free State ‘black gold’ breeder shares his secrets to success

Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.

Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Beef farmer: I am caught in the middle of my child’s...

This beef farmer is struggling with an adult daughter who is pouting like a child and an ex son-in-law renting land.