The SACBC justice and peace offers post-settlement support for the small holder farmers who are beneficiaries of the church land redistribution.   This year,  the post-setttlement support took the form of sustainable agriculture training from the 29th September to the 3rd of October 2014.  15 small holder farmers from 5 different Church farms participated.  The training was facilitated by Mr. John Nzira, the owner of Ukuvuna Farm.  The aim of the training was to offer small holder farmers on Church land an opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture, also referred to as permaculture, and acquire practical skills.

The key idea was to expose small holder farmers associated with Church land to the permaculture principles and techniques for responsible (ecologically sound, economically affordable and efficient) food production system, with a view to promoting productive and yet sustainable use of land for improved livelihoods on all farms that the Church has either redistributed or in a process of redistributing.

Towards the end of the training each trainee was asked to identify key areas of interest that they wanted to try out in their respective places.

From the 25th to the 28th of November, the Land Desk Coordinator visited, 6 of the trainees, on their farms and found that most had already begun implementing their lessons.  What was even more impressive to observe was the level of confidence with which they spoke and showed what they had done.  They were also eager to explain the reasons behind what they had applied.

The idea is that the trainees’ plots, especially those that belong to the community appointed volunteers, would serve as demonstration sites for all community members to go and learn and then apply in their own fields.  Each volunteer is expected to assist at least 5 smaller holder farmers to start or redesign their gardens using permaculture techniques.

It is these little positive signs that indicate that indeed our faith is bringing about transformation and is creating hope for the rural poor.

 

The Sustainable Agriculture Training is yielding fruit

The Land Desk organised a sustainable agriculture training for small holder farmers on Church land from the 29th September to the 3rd of October 2014.  15 small holder farmers from 5 different Church farms participated.  The training was facilitated by Mr. John Nzira, the owner of Ukuvuna Farm.  The aim of the training was to offer small holder farmers on Church land an opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture, also referred to as permaculture, and acquire practical skills.

The key idea was to expose small holder farmers associated with Church land to the permaculture principles and techniques for responsible (ecologically sound, economically affordable and efficient) food production system, with a view to promoting productive and yet sustainable use of land for improved livelihoods on all farms that the Church has either redistributed or in a process of redistributing.

Towards the end of the training each trainee was asked to identify key areas of interest that they wanted to try out in their respective places.

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From the 25th to the 28th of November, the Land Desk Coordinator visited, 6 of the trainees, on their farms and found that most had already begun implementing their lessons.  What was even more impressive to observe was the level of confidence with which they spoke and showed what they had done.  They were also eager to explain the reasons behind what they had applied.

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The idea is that the trainees’ plots, especially those that belong to the community appointed volunteers, would serve as demonstration sites for all community members to go and learn and then apply in their own fields.  Each volunteer is expected to assist at least 5 smaller holder farmers to start or redesign their gardens using permaculture techniques.

 

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It is these little positive signs that indicate that indeed our faith is bringing about transformation and is creating hope for the rural poor.