Climate Resilience Building

Siyazisiza works with smallholder farmers, through their agri-forums, in rural areas in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga provinces. Our vision is to develop smallholder farms to viable enterprises that are self-sustaining and contribute to the local economy. We develop agricultural enterprises by providing them the following extension services:

  • Start-up capital
  • Field-based training & mentoring
  • Participative production planning
  • Business skills development
  • Inputs and produce transport
  • Farm infrastructure design, installation & maintenance
  • Development of links to markets
  • Climate resilience building

A core component of the organisation’s work in building increased resilience to climate change has been the testing and introduction (or reintroduction) of more drought tolerant crops, crop diversification and mixed cropping. The focus on drought resistant crops has included sorghum, millet, leaf and grain amaranth, cowpea, jugo beans and sweet potato, amongst others.