Community Agriculture and Livelihoods

Community Agriculture and Livelihoods

As a complement to our school feeding programs, school gardens and other grassroots educational initiatives are implemented for a greater variety and nutritional fortification in diet. Larger community agriculture initiatives that facilitate increased production, crop protection, post harvest storage and market linkages also form a part of our programmes. Through the development of value-chain systems, our programmes are creating sustainable livelihood solutions for beneficiaries.

Programme Objectives

  • Improve Food Security
  • Build Home-Grown School Feeding
  • Engage Communities

Mozambique

180 Active Projects

  • Since 2007, JAM has established gardens at 135 schools in three provinces, where JAM’s agricultural officers participate actively. In addition to this, schools have expanded their gardens using traditional community structures to establish community gardens named Machambas.
  • The objective with the Machambas is two-fold; to produce enough crops to supplement school lunches and, to build the capacity of learners and communities using proven agricultural practices that ensure sustainability.
  • JAM has also established a large semi-commercial farm in Pambarra, Inhambane, which provides technical training to local farmers and encourages sustainability through a community outreach programme.

South Sudan

21 Active Projects

  • JAM works with WFP in three states in South Sudan through the Food for Assets (FFA) Programme with the aim to build community assets with a particular emphasis on agriculture.
  • Through the FFA Program JAM has established 21 community gardens, nurseries and other agriculture and livestock projects.

South Africa

600 Active Projects

  • The three-year partnership between JAM and Wes-Bank will see 900 trained farmers in Orange Farm and West Rand (both in the Gauteng Province) by the end of December 2014.
  • The first phase of the project capacitates farmers with agricultural skills through theoretical and practical training, gardening starter packs (tools), fertilisers and seeds or seedlings from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, followed by on-site technical support, monitoring and evaluation.
  • The second phase focuses on tree nursery establishment as an income-generating activity, while the final phase will focus on setting up institutions like resource centres, training facilities, and women’s cooperatives.