Presentation from the Grain-SA Smallholder farmer innovation programme No Till Conference Contents:
Presentation regarding appropriate, well facilitated, site specific basket of options for water management and climate change adaptation
Training of the main field work team for the new Masilimeni programme for Wesbank 2016-2019, to provide a coherent implementation process in all three sites with quality and standardised inputs for training and learning sessions for participant farmers. The Masilimeni programme is to include more in depth training for farmers at three levels (Survivalist, subsistence and livelihoods), with a progression of information and skills levels built in. New topics are also to be included; nutrition and value adding, including dietary diversity scores, soil and water conservation and rainwater harvesting, diversification, seed saving, fruit production, conservation agriculture, savings, local savings and credit clubs, budgeting, marketing and micro enterprise planning.
A collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and Partners. Produced with the assistance of many people in Lesotho, including farmers and staff from Non Government Organisations and Government Departments. The manual is written in seSotho and English in easy to read format with many photos and drawings. It is meant for farmers and householders and those facilitators that support them.
The manual has been produced in English and Zulu. Chapters include; Healthy soils , conservation agriculture, how to implement conservation agriculture, improving soil health and cover crops.
Produced by the Empowerment for Food Security Programme, KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculture, environmental Affairs and Rural Development, with financial support provided by FICA (Flemish International Cooperation Agency. By Lima Rural Development Foundation Chapters include: Living soil, composting, soil enriching methods, liquid manures, manure, green manures, agro-forestry, mixed cropping, wormeries and conservation agriculture. Farmer level handouts in English and Zulu accompany the manual. Read more…. C&M final manual. Print.
Resource Material for Homestead Food Gardeners
A handbook produced for support in learning and training in natural pest and disease control. Produced by Lima RDF for the Empowerment for Food Security Programme, KZNDARD. Topics include Natural enemies and friends, Micro-organisms, diagnosing plant problems, bio indicators, chemical and natural control, prevention, physical control methods, biological pest control, botanical remedies and organic remedies.
Produced by Lima RDF for the Empowerment for Food Security Programme, KZNDARD. Chapters include Diversification in production, food behaviour and choices, food and water safety for healthy households, food safety and personal hygiene, food preparation and food practices, how people develop or change food behaviours, promotion of traditional food and modified traditional food recipes.
Produced by Lima RDF for the Empowerment for Food Security Programme, KZNDARD. A set of farmer level handouts in English and Zulu accompany the handbook. Topics include: Nutrition, Cultivation of traditional crops, African leafy vegetables, indigenous wild fruits, seed saving, seasonal calendars and conservation agriculture.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition among development practitioners in South Africa of the central importance of household food security. Particularly, greater appreciation developed of the impact of food insecurity and malnutrition – especially among preschoolers – on the individual, the family, and the wider economy. Focus started to shift to the potential role of the homestead yard in food production for improved family diets, and government started to realise that lack of water had prevented many people from growing crops in their backyards. This Resource Material for Facilitators and Food Gardeners on Agricultural Water Management in Homestead Farming Systems was developed with funding by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa, and is the output of a research project entitled: “Participatory development of training material for agricultural water use in homestead farming systems for improved livelihoods”. Volume 2: Resource material for facilitators and gardeners Chapters 1-7.
Farmer handouts are linked below.
Grain-SA Smallholder Farmer Innovation Programme
Erna Kruger, Ngcobo P, Dlamini M and Smith H
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