I’ve been fortunate to have connected recently with the guys who started Izindaba Zokudla, and attended one of their recent Farmers School sessions at UJ in Soweto. At times it seemed more like a Farmers Forum, and I was struck by how engaged and proactive this group of about 150 farmers was in learning and discussing not just methods of farming, but methods of policy and taking their collective forward.
In the meantime, a some context on Izindaba:
Izindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food) is run by Dr. Naudé Malan (Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ); and Angus Donald Campbell (Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, UJ). It’s part of the DESIS Lab, which stands for Design Society Development.
Essentially it’s a multi-stakeholder engagement project that aims to create opportunities for urban agriculture in a sustainable food system in Soweto.
It’s funded by SA National Research Foundation (NRF); UJ University Research Committee; and UJ Teaching Innovation Fund
The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is implementing an urban agriculture policy as part of a larger food security initiative. This policy creates opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement, and Izindaba Zokudla is aimed at creating space for such engagement between
- urban farmers
- and the city.
Farmers are arguably the most important actor in this policy and in urban agriculture in the city. Izindaba Zokudla advocates and argues for specific approaches to urban agricultural development in Johannesburg.
It draws on participatory research to
- build the capacity of farmers’ organisations in Johannesburg,
- to facilitate engagement with food enterprises in the city,
- and to use design and technology development as means to improve agricultural practices.
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