Food production through efficient urban agriculture including hydroponics and aquaponics

Evans Muchesa
Publicado: 05 Febrero 2021
Última edición: 05 Febrero 2021
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Resumen

The Siyakhana Food Garden, our flagship project, is regarded as one of the most successful urban food gardens in the wider Johannesburg metropole, as well as a hallmark of intersectoral collaboration. This is largely because of its mission to make far-reaching impacts at local, provincial, and national levels. It is not simply a garden; it also serves as a platform for other activities that address the following five key objectives:

  • Improving the availability of a wide variety of good and nutritious food;
  • Conducting relevant and appropriate action-research that is influencing policy and strategies;
  • Offering training to develop capacity among emerging leaders in the area of food gardens and sustainable livelihoods;
  • Engaging in advocacy and networking activities; and
  • Achieving financial sustainability through a self-funding social entrepreneurship model.

Our aims are to:

  • Address food and nutrition security;
  • Promote public and environmental health;
  • Enhance entrepreneurship; and
  • Support and enable sustainable smallholder enterprises.

Classifications

Región
África Oriente y África del Sur
Escala de aplicación
Local
Ecosistema
Ecosistema urbano
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Tema
Actores locales
Ciudades e infraestructuras
Comunicación y divulgación
Medios de vida sostenibles
Salud y bienestar humano
Seguridad alimentaria
Standards/ certification
Challenges
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Cambios en el contexto socio-cultural
Falta de seguridad alimentaria
Desempleo / pobreza
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 1 - Fin de la pobreza
ODS 2 - Hambre cero
ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
ODS 4 - Educación de calidad
ODS 5 - Igualidad de género
ODS 6 - Agua limpia y saneamiento
ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Metas de Aichi
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
Meta 8: Reducción de la contaminación
Meta 9: Especies exóticas invasoras prevenidas y controladas
Meta 13: Protección de la diversidad genética
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
Meta 18: Conocimiento tradicional
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes

Ubicación

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Impactos positivos

The SGD and Siyakhana Organic Food Garden (SOFG) are recipients of prestigious awards:

  • The SGD was awarded the most innovative and promising locally led eco-inclusive enterprises
  • in developing and emerging economies prize from the SEED AWARD 2019.
  • The SOFG was awarded the best innovative project and community-based project prize by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture in 2011.

Our work also furthers the following skills and activities:

  • Knowledge and skills transfer and building capacity especially amongst black women and youth;
  • Job creation;
  • Stimulation of local economies;
  • Building future leadership across the spectrum of the food value chain; and
  • Relevant research that informs policy and strategic interventions.

We have established many food gardens in several settings promoting dietary diversity. This is a direct and effective way to enhance food availability, accessibility and affordability.

 

Area of land farmed: 2.4 ha

Number of people included in the program: 7 permanent and 6 casuals

Amount of food grown: c. 6.4 tonnes per annum

Contribuido por

Matthew Koehorst Greenpop, IUCN Urban Alliance

Contribuído por

Siyakhana Growth and Development NPO