Soya beans

Project factfile • A market in Port Elizabeth was identified as the purchaser of the 10 hectare soya bean crop. • Ten farmers were involved from the Lenye, Mthwaku and St Matthews villages.

Vermiculture

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 2009 Funders: Siyakholwa Funder’s investment: R30,000 Scope of project: Establish a worm farm for organic fertiliser Project factfile • A foundation employee, under the guidance of Helen Symons, has grown the number of worms from 1,000 to nearly 20,000. • This liquid fertiliser or “tea” is used on all plants…

Paprika

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: June 2008 Funders: Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Funder’s investment: R7 million Scope of project: 60 hectares (1st year); 50 hectares (2nd year) Project factfile • Fifty hectares of maize was planted as a rotational crop in the second year. • Good yields of paprika were achieved. • The…

Chillies

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 2007 Funders: Unilever Funder’s investment: R150,000 Scope of project: Establish whether chillies can be grown successfully in the Eastern Cape Project factfile • Unilever approached the foundation to trial chillies. • Of their five sites in South Africa, the foundation was the only site able to germinate the seeds, plant…

Maize

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 2006 Funders: National Environmental and Economic Affairs Funder’s investment: R1 million Scope of project: Maize planted in 12 villages and supported 140 families Project factfile • Most crops were successful. • While farmers were meant to send the maize to the foundation for milling, who would keep a portion as…

Medicinal herbs

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 2003 to 2004 Funders: National Department of Environmental Affairs Funder’s investment: R200,000 Scope of project: Develop a user manual with Rhodes University as well as medicinal herb garden

Rabbits

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 2003 – 2004 Funders: National Department of Environmental Affairs Funder’s investment: R350,000 Scope of project: Three rabbitories in Upper Gxulu, Lower Gxulu, Sophumelela Project factfile   • The rabbitories were constructed using local labour and materials. • The goal was to increase rabbit numbers and expand into more villages. •…

Cabbages

Foundation’s role: Implementing agent Started: 1998 to 1999 Funders: Ciskei Agricultural Bank Funder’s investment: Unavailable Scope of project: Planting and marketing of 260,000 cabbages Project factfile • First project for the foundation • Twenty seven farmers from the Keiskammahoek Irrigation Scheme (10 villages) participated in this project. This amounted to 40 farming families.