Nokwanda Langazana, Farmer Institutional Development Coordinator

“My greatest achievement has been seeing people have a mental shift in the way they do things. For instance, in my area, people used to plant one field of maize and one field of madumbes. But, we have seen people changing from the way they are used to do things to having a variety of crops…mixed cropping…which also improves their nutrition.”

Nokwanda Langazana, Farmer Institutional Development Coordinator

Nokwanda’s calling was revealed to her when she represented her community of Amadiba in the Eastern Cape in a critical land restitution claim stretching along the Wild Coast. As a young woman, she was drawn to this claim by the injustices she experienced while growing up in her community, which snowballed to the realization of her passion for social justice, culminating in a span of 15 years working in the NGO sector.

Nokwanda joined Siyazisiza in February 2018 in a deliberate effort to understand how development initiatives economically contribute to the people they work with. At Siyazisiza, Nokwanda is grateful for the opportunity to link small-holder farmers to markets, engage different stakeholders and foster platforms for the promotion of social capital.

Her appreciation for society’s interconnectedness is reflected in the choice to read for a BA degree in Human and Social Science. Nokwanda is driven by making a difference in the lives of rural communities and especially empowering women. Her goal is to implement her mantra of ‘One woman, One hectare’ and use pre-existing community social networks to address social issues. Her award of the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, which was held in Geneva in 2011, certifies that Langazana is rising while lifting others.