Blouberg Agricultural Development Project Project
Partner name: Heifer International South Africa
Project name: Blouberg Agricultural Development Project
Funding round: CFP 2
Funding: Jobs Fund grant R6 776 000
Matched Funding R1 695 000
Window: Enterprise development
Location: Limpopo
Partners: Aids Foundation South Africa, Blouberg Health Centre, Irish Aid, Limpopo Business Support Agency, Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Limpopo Office of the Premier
Problem statement:
Many families and communities in rural areas lack sustainable income, community savings and access to support for small businesses.
Heifer International South Africa is a community development organisation that partners with impoverished rural communities to end hunger and poverty in South Africa and care for the earth.
This project aims to address income and food insecurity in the Blouberg Municipality by helping 2 100 rural people, including at least 400 HIV-positive community members, to become successful small-scale farmers within three years. The project will provide people with training (including on Heifer's 12 cornerstone principles); ongoing support; and seeds, trees and livestock to start their own small farming business. The project also plans to use group facilitation, social development activities and Heifer's Passing on the Gift approach. It will also facilitate market access through value chain development. The Heifer's Passing on the Gift approach requires each farmer who receives livestock and other gifts from Heifer to pass on the equivalent of what they received to another farmer once they become productive.
Expected results:
New permanent jobs 2 100
New short-term jobs 3
Training completed 2 100