Farmer Eco Enterprise Development (FEED Africa)

Commercialises emerging eco-farmers and help them adapt to climate change.
2013 SEED South Africa Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Johannesburg, South Africa

FEED Africa’s business model is to commercialise emerging eco-farmers who lack the resources and expertise to participate in the mainstream green economy and to help them adapt to climate change. The five pillars of the model are: selection of land & people, training, mentorship, operational support, and sales & marketing. Individual farms are often too small to achieve the volumes required by markets. FEED therefore creates a platform where groups of local farmers can share resources, training and access to markets.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

FEED creates a platform where groups of local farmers who lack the resources and expertise to participate in the mainstream green economy can share resources, training, access to markets and adapt to climate change.
  • Ensuring a broader social impact, as participants in the enterprise share the knowledge gained within their communities.
  • Improving health and livelihoods in the communities surrounding the farms. These communities consist of 1,500 – 3,000 households.
  • Replacing conventional chemicals on the farms with about 1,000 tons of organic chemicals and 5,000 tons of organic compost.
  • Using natural resources sustainably – less water is used and healthier soils result.
  • Minimising waste by recycling it in earthworm farms.
  • Developing emerging farmers and ensuring they have sufficient scale to compete on markets.
  • Training and educating on all aspects of farming and marketing to ensure improved income for farmers and more jobs for community members.

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Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Food & Trees for Africa provides extensive training, land, infrastructure, marketing and business support.

Afrisam SA funds Rethabiseng farm development, giving over 50 eco-farmers support to establish sustainable eco-farming businesses.

Kumba Ore funded a 20-hectare bamboo farm and the development of a 4-hectare organic vegetable farm in Thabazimbi.

National Development Agency (NDA) funds new farmers in Lawely, Johannesburg and provides funding to develop a working organic vegetable farm.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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