Transforming subsistence farming into commercially sustainable cooperatives and industrializing the agricultural sector
“Poverty is not only widespread in rural areas, but most poverty is rural”
– Ashley and Maxwell (2001)
The P.E.A.C.E. Agricultural Model
The P.E.A.C.E Foundation recognizes that agriculture should be a key element in improving the economies of rural areas, providing improved nutrition and employment. Over the years, P.E.A.C.E. Foundation has developed a model that supports agricultural development. This model is designed to increase capacity, promote an entrepreneurial approach to farming and agribusiness and empower rural communities, especially households headed by women- transforming subsistence farming into commercially viable opportunities. This is achieved through developing and supporting both primary and second-tier cooperatives. The latter provides the necessary support services such as bulk buying and bulk distribution of products to primary cooperative members.
Transforming subsistence farming into commercially viable opportunities
Agriculture is a key to revitalising the economies of rural regions, providing improved nutrition for local residents as well as the opportunity to improve economic conditions. The P.E.A.C.E. Foundation works collaboratively with a number of consultants and organisations involved in the implementation of agriculturally-based projects. The universal trend is to industrialise the agricultural sector. Regional development centres or HUBS facilitate the evolution of commercial, business-like farming, characterised by an entrepreneurial approach and intensive, high production levels for both local and export markets.The Cooperative model is supported through these P.E.A.C.E. HUBS or Incubators (they are registered as second tier cooperative structures) .They provide centralised financial management, marketing, bulk buying and bulk distribution services to primary cooperatives.See below one of the successful examples of the P.E.A.C.E. Agricultural Model.
Sicabazini Agricultural Cooperative
The Sicabazini Agricultural Project was initiated in 2009 in the Sicabazini area under the uMhlabuyalingana Municipality and funded by Toyota Tsusho Africa. It Consists 15 Hectares of arable land, divided amongst 23 farmers for the cultivation of paprika and vegetables. The lands are irrigated using the Family Drip Irrigation System. The FDIS provides the most recent irrigation technology, using low water pressure, based on gravity and allows farmers to enjoy all the advantages of drip irrigation, at low cost and without additional demands for technological changes.
- Governed by the committee of 7 members being the Chairperson, his deputy, treasure, secretary, her deputy and 2 additional members
- Managed under close supervision by the P.E.A.C.E Foundation
- Owned by cooperative of 23 active project beneficiaries
- Governing strategy monitored by the project facilitator on site
- Toyota Tshusho Africa, Pty Ltd
- The Industrial Development Corporation
- The Department of Trade and Industries
- Elephants, Rhinos and People (ERP)
- Agricultural Project Progress Report May 2014
- Agricultural Primary Cooperative June 2014
- Agricultural Project Progress Report July 2014
Industrialising the Agicultural Sector
Bee Keeping and Honey Production- iliju Honey
“The name iliju which means honey was derived from one of South Africa’s most colorful and eye catching tribes known for their renowned vibrant and vivid colors, isiNdebele”
BEE FARMING (Apiculture) for the production of honey, we sell raw honey and in the process of developing our range of honey based skincare products and essential/absolute oils. Products: Raw honey: Packaged in 314g glass jars, 375g squeeze plastic bottles and 3kg buckets. Future products: Honey based skincare products and essential/absolute oils (All our products can be packaged as corporate gifts)
The establishment of beeline fencing in areas where there is human -elephant conflict provides a deterrent for elephants as well as an income generation opportunity for local people
WHY OUR HONEY? Our honey of various crops is raw, unheated, pasteurized or processed in any way, once extracted it is bottled to preserve its holistic qualities. And because it is raw it represents “All things good”, A skin moisturizer, Antiseptic, Acne remover, Energy and immune system booster, a natural remedy for a variety of conditions and relaxant, all found in one jar of iLiju honey. …To look out for in the near future, our range of honey based skin care products and absolute oils.