About the Programme

Creating a Foundation for Growing Farmers

The Work. Learn. Grow. programme aims to support and develop small-scale food producers that express an interest in agroecology, giving preference to women and youth.

The Programme aims to increase the amount and diversity of food produced, improve/maintain food quality, improve individual, household, and local food access, increase dietary diversity, and increase income from activities in the agro-food system to reduce poverty.

  • Work seeks to create opportunities for agriculture, agribusiness entrepreneurship and to strengthen food security in local communities

  • Learn to support and inspire learning

  • Grow – to strengthen communities and social partners and create sustainable community-based food supply chains, which generate work opportunities, improve incomes and food security by supporting small-scale production and the local food system

Work Learn Grow - Connecting Farmers to Markets

Core Elements

of the Work.Learn.Grow Strategic Framework

Agroecology Nodes/Clusters in different localities that can serve as integrating points for agroecology producer support, learning, and sharing, integrated agroecology demonstrations, bulk seed/seedling and compost production, aggregation points for produce, small-scale processing, etc.

Support for Agroecology Production through decentralised farmer networks which are connected to technical and organisational support, but also to one another to strengthen the network. This is covered in more detail below.

Place-based initiatives (PBI) that aim to develop practical activities around localisation of supply lines, increases in the share of local food consumption from local producers, and democratic local food systems transformation in selected localities – thus aligning with a food sovereignty approach.

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An Agroecological and Food Systems Approach

Seriti has elected to adopt agroecology as the preferred implementation approach. Agroecology offers an approach that can integrate these different dimensions. There are 13 core agroecology principles namely recycling, input reduction, soil & animal health, biodiversity, synergy, economic diversification, co-creation of knowledge, social values & diets, fairness, connectivity, land & natural resources governance, and participation.

Agroecology is essentially used as an umbrella term to encompass a variety of different terms i.e., organic, permaculture, bio-intensive, regenerative, ecological, biodynamic, natural farming, God’s Way, among others. The basic idea is to produce diverse, healthy, clean food that is accessible to all through participatory processes driven by local actors.

A key aspect of agroecology is environmental sustainability, as a response to climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

Operational Approach

Agro-ecology Nodes – Place Based Initiative
Work Learn Grow Operational Approach

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Strategic & Other Partners

  • The Market Linkages

  • Business Management Training

  • Mentorship

  • Business Management Training Programme

  • Youth Co-operative Development Programme

  • Next Training Date: TBC

Our Partners

Strategic & Other Partners

In partnership with the NYDA, Seriti is providing the Entrepreneurship Development Training course.
National Youth Development Agency
  • The Market Linkages

  • Business Management Training

  • Mentorship

  • Business Management Training Programme

  • Youth Co-operative Development Programme

Please complete and submit the application form to qualify for the next training.

The primary aim of the above-mentioned steps is to create a strong foundation for capacitating/growing farmers to the next level. The steps also serve as a core ingredient in supporting smallholder farmers and sustainable farming enterprises which will bring positive change to the community and people’s livelihoods. To ensure that those steps are always relevant to beneficiaries/farmers, Seriti always provides refresher courses/training to keep farmers up to date with the evolvement of the sector. Seriti believes that farming challenges vary based on the production seasons, climatic conditions, and other major farming trends like the establishment of technologies. Thus, strong collaborations/networks will enable farmers to share knowledge and skills to improve their farming enterprises.

To ensure that those steps are always relevant to beneficiaries/farmers, Seriti always provides refresher courses/training to keep farmers up to date with the evolvement of the sector