About the Project

We aim to focus on realizing our “Resilience Agenda” and moving away from food relief towards working with communities to start food gardens to enable greater food self-sufficiency. A partnership approach to delivering relief is critical and the kind of partner plays an important role in enabling access to communities and facilitate smoother delivery.

Partner in Relief –  to facilitate the delivery of food and essential goods to communities

Partner in Resilience – to realize more sustainable support initiatives in vulnerable communities. We create a partnership for moving a community from relief to resilience. We seek to increase local food production,  create opportunities for agriculture and to strengthen the food security ecosystem.

Our Unique Approach

Work. Learn. Grow (WLG)

A community farming and social enterprise initiative that seeks to create opportunities for agriculture, agribusiness entrepreneurship and to strengthen local food security in communities, focusing particularly on youth and women. This project aims to create sustainable community-based food supply chains, which generate work opportunities, improve incomes and food security by supporting household production and selling of fresh vegetables to the local market.

Community Organising

To facilitate the delivery of food and essential goods to communities through:

1) The local community – recruiting local Community Champions and Volunteers.

2) Social Partners (local NGOs and CBOs)

3) Community Action Networks (CAN). These are localised networks to mobilise local resources and offer support for those in need within a nearby community.

Food Distribution

Food distribution and Procurement from Small-Scale Farmers. The preference is for more diverse packages, including fresh produce. Dry goods could be supplied for a longer period (e.g. a month) to reduce movement. Fresh produce must be more regular because it is perishable. Fresh produce can supplement dry goods parcels or operate as a parallel supply line. Fresh produce is important both for comprehensive nutrition as well as sustaining small scale farmer livelihoods.

Community Response Areas of Relief

The project targets informal settlements and townships in the Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West provinces.

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Intervention Methodology

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The Ubuntu Project

The African word “UBUNTU” means “I am because you are”. It reminds us of our shared humanity. South Africa is in lockdown, and many of those living in informal settlements and the townships are incredibly vulnerable.

Countless numbers of people are living in cramped conditions, unable to earn the very basics that would typically put some food on the table.

Food security means so much more than food on the table. It touches the core of human dignity. On the other side, farmers are sitting on fresh products, unable to bring it to their usual markets.

How do they solve this challenge?

Through their database at the Green Business College, they are collaborating with 23 permaculture farmers to provide food packages to the most vulnerable in their communities.

A family will receive a box of fresh produce, dried beans, eggs, soap, two packets of seeds, 50 seedlings, and 20kg of compost. Included is information in local languages on how to look after seedlings, how to create more food from waste and compost.

In effect, each family will be able to create a food garden. They also offer food packages as the weeks go by as it will take time for seedlings to produce.

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South African Food Sovereignty Campaign (SAFSC)

South African Food Sovereignty Campaign (SAFSC) is mapping all of the food relief efforts around the country by conducting a survey. The purpose is to get all the initiatives on one map, to make them visible not only to our communities and the National Food Crisis Forum, but also so that they can be made visible to the government and the Solidarity Fund. This will enable a push for resources to be shifted to these pre-existing initiatives. It will also allow existing initiatives to link with groups in their areas, and would help to identify the gaps in communities where food relief efforts are not taking place.

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Ways To Donate

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Account Name: Seriti Institute NPC
Bank: First National Bank
Account No.: 62233448762
Branch Code: 250955
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: C19 Community Response

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