How We Work

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:


Championing a holistic approach that improves livelihoods, increases productivity, builds climate resilience and creates more organised and mobilised smallholder farmers. Our development model comprises four primary pathways:


our business pathway

Open up access to markets
and ensure that our farmers
and agri-enterprises have
the pre-requisite capacity
and resources to profitably
supply their buyers.

 

activities

Train and mentor farmers in business planning & management; Identify and develop market linkages;
Train & mentor farmers in
governance and legal compliance; Develop value chains; Establish Agri-Business Incubator Centres.

short-term outcome

Fair & Equitable Access to
Markets; Self-sufficient & independent farmers; Agri-Enterprise Centres; Access to reliable and cost effective logistics; Efficient & accessible value chains.

 

 

mid-term outcome

Improved Livelihoods

our agriculture pathway

Enable farmers to make the
most of their land and to
push up the quantity and
quality of their crops.

 

 

activities

Train and mentor farmers in best farming practices; Design and install appropriate agricultural infrastructure & technologies Establish regional Farmer Support Centres; Increase farmer access to inputs and information.

short-term outcome

Farmers have pre-requisite
skills; Access to Inputs, Mechanisation & Implements; Farmer Support Centres; Increased quantity, quality and diversity of crops.

 

mid-term outcome

Increased Productivity

our social capital pathway

Strengthen social networks
and trust, as well as promote
increased collaboration to
enable smallholder farmers
to perform collectively and
effectively to realise mutual
benefits. 

activities

Support & facilitate horizontal exchanges and learning; Establish farmer representative forums; Train and mentor farmers in cooperative start-up and management; Promote youth representation and participation; Promote and support the establishment of savings groups.

short-term outcome

Accountable, relevant &
transparent institutional
structures; Increased levels of youth & women engagement &
participation; Increased openness of dialogue between stakeholders.

 

mid-term outcome

More Organised & Mobilised Smallholder Farmers

our environment pathway

Promote & enable the continued existence of well-functioning ecosystems, whose services continue to support the productivity of both present and future smallholder farmers.

 

activities

Train and mentor farmers in agro-ecological practices; Introduce indigenous and drought tolerant crops species; Promote and train farmers in better land management practices; Design and install water-wise irrigation systems.

short-term outcome

Climate resilient gardens; Increased household food security; Reduced soil erosion & deforestation.

 

 

 

 

mid-term outcome

Increased 
Climate Resilience

long-term impact

Resilient, healthy and self-sustaining rural farmer communities and agri-enterprises within vibrant
and localised economies, in stewardship with the environment for the benefit of future generations.