Growing food from a crate

2014-03-31 10:26
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Cape Town – Food insecurity is a contentious and growing issue in Africa and particularly in South Africa, one company is changing the way we think about growing food especially in poor areas.

is a social enterprise that operates as a micro-business to help disadvantaged settlements in and around Cape Town.

In collaboration with Shift Stellenbosch the project is aiming to begin its first market hub in the Kayamandi Township.

FoodPods specifically drives the idea of training and hiring entrepreneurs in communities to grow and sell fresh fruit and vegetables that are organic and that will be sold in their communities.

The main aim is to provide fresh vegetables to disadvantaged communities using innovative methods and this is why the project has been honoured as an official World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Project.

So far the project has been operating in Khayelitsha and Philippi.

What, makes the project innovative is how FoodPods grows its produce. In order to overcome poor soil quality, the organisation plants their seedlings into "crates" that are lined with a porous fabric and packed with a special mixture of soil and organic compost.

Each crate holds between six and twelve seedlings. This system according to the project eliminates the need for laborious soil preparation, preservation and maintenance.

The project also highlights its employment initiative, growers are trained and selected from the communities they live and work in.

Another one of the aims according to the organisation is to create market hubs within townships that will act as a centre for growing the produce and also where the produce will be sold.

The project in Kayamandi will hopefully create six permanent jobs, produce and sell 9 072 bunches of vegetables per month and contribute to long-term food security in Kayamandi.
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