Christine Thobajane from the Mametja cluster sharing her experiences with mulching and why it is a useful practice during a learning exchange with the Sekhukhuneland and Capricorn clusters.

AWARD is implementing a range of networking and transformative capacity building interventions, all designed to stimulate cross learning, develop a sense of self-respect, and improve capacity for collective action amongst small-scale farmers, NGOs and relevant stakeholders and service providers in the middle and lower Olifants River sub catchment. Activities include field-based training workshops, cross-learning trips, and farmers’ open day meetings. The project will also provide support for livelihoods diversification and active engagement of youth in agriculture.

To date, the project has created and supported several networks for learning and sharing. Notably, we have established the Smallholder Farmers’ Network, connecting and supporting cross-learning amongst small-scale farmers in Capricorn, Mopani and Sekhukhune districts; the Youth in Agroecology Network connecting more than 60 youth who are practising agroecology; and the Climate Smart Agroecology Network, bringing together organizations with an interest in agroecology and working with small-scale farmers.