As part of its Municipal Climate Protection programme, the eThekwini Municipality has been implementing a Community Reforestation Programme. The projects involve a collaborative effort between the eThekwini Municipality, NGO’s and local communities in the restoration of indigenous forests at 3 sites: Buffelsdraai Landfill Site, Inanda Mountain and Paradise Valley. Through these projects, opportunities are created for community upliftment, jobs and local livelihood improvement, whilst establishing natural “carbon sinks” and restoring biodiversity. The Community Reforestation Programme continues to contribute towards mitigating climate change and increasing local resilience.
The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is implementing the Sustainable Livelihoods, food production and value adding phase of this intervention. The project seeks to train community members in food production and establish homestead food gardens in accordance with ecological agriculture principles. It is also exploring value-adding and entrepreneurial activities in order to promote the generation of long term sustainable incomes.
The project includes a number of activities:
- Provide accredited Agro-Ecological training to 50 micro-farmers
- Assist these farmers to develop gardens, with mentorship for remainder of project
- Pay-it-Forward: Beneficiaries then assist a further 5 to 10 micro-farmers in their community to develop their own gardens
- Explore and promote entrepreneurial activities: bee-keeping training, value-adding and promotion of links to markets
This will have far reaching effects toward household food security, improving farming and entrepreneurial skills and increasing income generating opportunities throughout the project communities.
Project funded by, and implemented in partnership with, the eThekwini Municipality (Environmental Planning & Climate Protection Department)