A Safe Working Environment

Limiting Physical Interaction

Siyazisiza has identified centralised locations that provide temporary space and facilities for the drop-off, pick-up or storage of goods and materials during the Covid-19 crisis. The primary intention in establishing these central points is to limit the amount of physical interactions between staff and beneficiaries. 

Typical goods and materials passing through or being stored at these points include:

  1. Fresh produce for transport to market;
  2. Seed, seedlings, and inputs for distribution to farmers and homesteads;
  3. Sanitation products (hand sanitizer, bleach, soap, wipes, etc.) and protective gear (face masks, gloves, eye shields, etc.) for staff.
  4. Health and sanitation products and equipment for distribution to farmers;
  5. Health awareness materials and other ‘aid’ for distribution to farmers and communities (e.g. food parcels, blankets, etc.)

Primary control points

This a central control point for a region and is only accessible to Siyazisiza Staff. It is central point at which all materials and equipment destined for the field are stored, sorted, packed and dispatched. It is also all protective gear and sanitizers for staff are stored and managed.

The primary control point for Kwazulu-Natal is the training centre and mini-food lab at the Obanjeni Farm.

Localised Control Points

These are central points within designated areas in which the Trust operates from where inputs and other materials are distributed to farmers and local communities. They are locally managed, ideally by the local Agri-Forums, and also used for the aggregation of produce in preparation for delivery to market. As a start, 8 (eight) mini-packhouses have been identified to service this function in those areas in which they exist.

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Food in the Ground is a programme of the Siyazisiza Trust, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, designed to better prepare marginal rural communities for current and future impacts and for post-crisis recovery. A core component of the initiative is renewing focus on food security amongst community farmers; and the continued generation of income and access to supply chains by smallholder farmers.