Subgrant: Support for Small Scale Climate Smart Agriculture in Sekhukhuneland

Subgrant title: Subgrant: Support for Small Scale Climate Smart Agriculture in Sekhukhuneland.

This project falls under the Agricultural Support Initiative.

We aim to reach out and transform farmers by connecting and networking the individuals, groups and communities that have managed to shift their thinking and practices. We envisage a cluster program management system. Areas are identified geographically, assess survival means of households and identify livelihood gaps. Through dialogue, we then help find appropriate synergy between indigenous knowledge systems and modern sustainable technologies, which leads to appropriate land use systems design to address the specific challenges and needs faced by each household and community, fostering resilience and stewardship (sustainable livelihoods) within communities.

The process will lead the group to identify their leader. The leader for a specific geographical area or village, leader who has a food system demonstration at their homesteads, has passion and willingness to help and teach others. Leaders are champions or have strength in specific or diversified systems of managing the environment, whilst producing food and generating income. He/she is the one who teaches them how to fish rather than giving them fish, one who is the voice of smallholder farmers in food and environmental forums. These cluster leaders receive fixed monthly rates of R1000 and co-ordinators R1500. Training programs are then designed to cater for cluster leaders or for the community members. Together with the household representatives the cluster leaders will undergo special training and exchange program that capacitates them with facilitation and technical skills in agro ecology- permaculture systems. We create a visionary process for cluster leaders hence enthusiasm and results are our stepping stones to sing our stories of success.

We strongly believe in sharing information with farmers, in the form of participatory training, exchange visits, demonstrations, field shows, competitions, fairs and expos. The process of engaging with farmers starts with a program scope and baseline survey. The scope and the baseline survey helps to establish a bench mark, challenges and opportunities. Follow-up or Monitoring and evaluation sessions are designed according to the needs and identified in the community.

Monitoring & evaluation is done to review the quality and relevance of the program in the community and beyond the community. Follow-up is done at three levels, level one is at household level and community level, when cluster leaders follow-up on the program at weekly or monthly intervals, with their cluster co-ordinator. Level two is at organisational level when Ukuvuna monitors the program through the trainers and assessors. Our exchange program envisages sharing of experiences and coping strategies between households to households, between clusters and between communities.