Workshop for small-scale farmers

2017-12-05 06:00
Prof Lesley Green of UCT gives a talk at a workshop for small-scale farmers last week.

Prof Lesley Green of UCT gives a talk at a workshop for small-scale farmers last week.

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Local farmers made their way to the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) Food and Farming Campaign centre in Philippi on Monday morning to start a three-week community workshop.

The campaign, that works to protect the PHA, is hosting the informative workshop with the hopes of inspiring small-scale farmers to reimagine their role in the city. Campaign chairperson Nazeer Sonday says more than 55 farmers participated in the first day on Monday last week.

He says the programme is open to the public, especially those who aspire to be farmers. It will pool groundbreaking ideas and practices to promote small-scale farming. The lab’s objective is to place the science in the hands of farmers and provide a space for peer-to-peer learning.

Sonday says there are over 200 000 farmers countrywide with a potential to increase to a million.

“We struggle on little land, with no appropriate resources and no appropriate government extension and marketing support. Yet we have a national 1ha smallholder policy and a national development plan that recognises the role small-scale farming can play in livelihoods, employment, food security and climate mitigation,” he says.

“But this negative is also a huge opportunity. It’s an exciting prospect that the PHA could become a living laboratory for regenerative farming practice, agrarian reform and the more efficient use of land and resources. The workshop’s objective is to bring together innovative ideas, the best practise, the politics, the economics, the science and the cultural practice to promote small-scale farming.”

The programme will continue to highlight various topics over the next two weeks.

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