Yesterday, more than 50 community members gathered at the KwaJobe Hub Open Day lead by WILDTRUST Project Trainer, Thulasizwe Zulu.
WILDLANDS, a programme of the WILDTRUST together with the Emvokweni Community Trust, have recently started a project enabling community-based adaptation in the Mkhuze River Ecosystem, funded by the government of Flanders.
“Our main aim is that the community gains enough knowledge that will help them live without depending on buying food and learn how to use permaculture principles which will help in decreasing their spending costs,” said Thulasizwe.
The idea for the day was to introduce climate smart farming and discuss how climate smart crops such as cassava are already being grown and eaten in the community. “We are hoping that the project will help prevent the community from buying non-nutritious food by increasing the quality of their cultivation which will be monitored throughout the progress of the project,” said Zodwa Gumede, KwaJobe Area Mentor Facilitator.
The Open Day also provided an opportunity to remind the community members of the value of the Hub as a space for learning and sharing ideas. “As a part of this project, we are looking to introduce and further develop alternative and sustainable climate smart farming practices in the rural communities that we work with in that area. We are looking to focus on promoting traditional crops that are more resilient to climate change,” said Samantha Houghting, WILDLANDS Strategic Manager.
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