Value-chain Development

Siyazisiza works with smallholder farmers, through their agri-forums, in rural areas in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu 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

The Trust, in working across value-chain development, is also involved in exploring and developing local agro-processing opportunities and markets, particularly insofar as indigenous and traditional food and medicinal plants are concerned. Apart from opening up new revenue streams and enterprise opportunities for community farmers and the youth, it is hoped that ‘re-packaging’ these plants, along with market development and demand, will have the effect of  acknowledging their value and historical use amongst rural communities, and ultimately influence farmers to restore them in their gardens.