Agricultural community rehabilitation, South Africa

The project:

This governmental project, that TerraVerde participated in , incorporated 19 highly geographically dispersed communities . The communities were surveyed to develop a vision to rehabilitate their agricultural infrastructure , and strengthen their skills and economic capabilities. Factors studied were: physical, climatic and agricultural conditions, land and infrastructure. Socioeconomic aspects and community member abilities, preferences and desires were also assessed. A development scheme was developed for each community, including: choice of crops/livestock, agro-processing, agro-technology and training scheme. An economic evaluation was also performed. As a team within the overall project, TerraVerde conducted the agricultural planning and developed the training scheme.

 

Results:

This project is driving improvements in the standards of living for hundreds of
families in rural South Africa. Achievements include the introduction of new varieties and
breeds, local-population training and capacity building and the establishment of foundations
for community-level self-sustainability.

Project investment (varied by community): $1–10M, depending on the community size and
conditions