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Siyavuna Fair Climate Agriculture Project

Afrique du Sud

Titre : Siyavuna Fair Climate Agriculture Project

Pays /Région : Afrique du Sud

Date : 2014

Siyavuna operates in rural areas in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal. This district is characterized by economic duality where poverty co-exists with affluence. Whereas the commercial farming sector is characterized by under utilization of agricultural land, the subsistence agricultural sector is characterized by overpopulation, land degradation, low agricultural productivity and underdevelopment. Rural communities also lack infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, clean tap water, sanitation, health facilities and training centers for skills development.
Siyavuna recognizes the importance of developing a model of agriculture that is more sustainable than conventional agricultural methods. Doing this requires the adoption of climate smart agriculture and agro-ecology practices. Conventional agricultural practices tend to compromise future productivity in favour of high productivity in the present. It does this by overdrawing and degrading agricultural resources such as soil, water and genetic diversity.

The organization seeks to alleviate : (1) poverty and food insecurity prevalent in the Ugu District, (2) the dire need to stimulate the local economy and enable entrepreneurship and (3) the challenges of climate change and the resultant increased vulnerability of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

It takes a pro-poor fair climate approach desiring to see that poor communities benefit directly from the projects implemented and that the intervention contributes to building resilience to climate change.

Groupe cible  : The target group is characterized by high unemployment rate, high illiteracy rate, high dependency ratio, low-income levels and poverty. Siyavuna works with farmers from 10 rural communities, applying Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices, which promote natural re-nourishment of depleted soils, water retention with the soil, protection of surrounding water sources and reduction of harmful emissions from agriculture. Whilst the challenges are enormous, Siyavuna has found a readiness from rural farmers to adopt CSA practices. They have never practiced large scale monoculture or conventional agriculture and caring for the land is part of their heritage.

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