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AFAP Explores Opportunities for Developing Agriculture Programs in South Africa

13 Mar 2024

An AFAP Technical Team, under the leadership of President and CEO Michael Sudarkasa, has been actively engaging with various stakeholders in South Africa who provide financial assistance to farmers through loans or grants. These meetings aim to identify potential partners and areas for project and program development in the country.

So far, AFAP has met with representatives from key organizations including Landbank, where discussions were held with Chris Chak, Program Manager, and Merek Mosia, General Manager. Additionally, Philip Sila, Founder and CEO of Silagri Farming, Takalani Tambani, Chief Director from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Wandiso Makupula, Executive Manager at the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), and Roger Tuckeldoe, Chief Director of Food Security at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development (DALRRD) were also part of these discussions.

During these meetings, all parties identified several challenges in the implementation of farming support initiatives in South Africa. These challenges include limited access to financial support for black farmers, a lack of success stories among beneficiaries, minimal cross-border knowledge exchange, and inefficiencies in the administration of resources to support black farmers.

Drawing from AFAP’s successful agriculture initiatives in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Nigeria, potential areas of collaboration and program development have emerged. These include:

  • Establishing expert pools to facilitate knowledge exchange, allowing local farmers to benefit from the experiences of high-performing farmers across Africa.
  • Organizing learning journeys for local farmers to visit other African countries and gain insights into farming practices and challenges in different environments.
  • Providing technical assistance based on AFAP’s extensive experience across diverse markets to address specific needs and challenges faced by farmers in South Africa.

By leveraging its expertise and networks, AFAP aims to address the identified pain points and foster meaningful collaborations to support the growth and sustainability of agriculture in South Africa.