Each year, over 150 countries around the world host events to mark World Food Day, making it one of the most celebrated international days.
But this year’s World Food Day is no ordinary event.
This day arrives as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. A global scourge has exposed the fragility of our agri-food systems. It threatens to push millions more into hunger and has made many of us rekindle our appreciation for food security:
what some take for granted and many go without
Therefore, an opportunity presents itself to transform an agri-food system that is out of balance. The theme for for World Food Day 2020 is “Our Actions Are Our Future” – and we are proud to present our plan to take action.
Sustainable Livelihoods Project
In response to South Africa’s continuous struggle with food security and unemployment (which has now dramatically increased due to COVID-19) we developed a high-impact 5 Year Agricultural Development Programme.
Our goal is to improve livelihoods, reduce over-exploitation of natural resources, and alleviate widespread poverty through the implementation of livelihood programmes. It is a high-impact programme whereby 100 community members are selected to be developed into emerging agricultural businesses.
Over five years, members will have the ability to secure local food production, generate income, uplift the local economy, and create a commercial agricultural value chain with a direct impact on over 2000 people.
The project starts with the engagement of community leaders and NGOs to help with the selection of 100 community members that have a keen interest in agriculture and business development. Viable land is identified to start community vegetable gardens to address immediate food security challenges. Out of the 100 members, 40 are selected to develop primary SMMEs, 20 to develop secondary SMMEs and the remaining 40 to form part of the informal job market.
The focal point of this project is the establishment of a Community Co-Operative. After 5 years, the Co-Operative and NGO will take full responsibility and ownership of the project. The implementation of this project will enable the community to do the following without outside interference:
- Transfer Skills
- Business Planning
- Market Research
- Farmer Support
- Fund Raising
- Resource Mobilisation
- Collaboration with External Partners