Inclusive rural economic development is a national development imperative.
It’s also the right thing to do.
While South Africa has made progress on land redistribution and restitution, rural areas still have high levels of poverty and inequality, and it’s hard for people to break out of that cycle. Agricultural development is a key opportunity to both improve food security, and ignite rural economies through job creation, and poverty alleviation. In areas with rich natural assets, there are opportunities for rural development to support people without negative consequences for biodiversity.
Agri-wildlife hubs are designed to support the health and well-being of communities through small-grower driven agriculture. These businesses are important to local economies, skill development and rural regeneration. They’re also compatible with environment sustainability; and the responsible use of natural resources.
Localising supply chains provides rural communities an alternative to the mainstream globalised food chains. These hyper-local projects aim to be economically viable for small farmers and local consumers, use ecologically sound production and distribution practices, and enhance the livelihoods of all members of the community.