Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development
The Ubuntu Agri-EDP aims to address two of South Africa’s largest challenges in terms of unemployment and food insecurity. Agricultural-entrepreneurship development is essential to empower potential entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge, tools and support they need to start and grow successful agri-businesses. The programme assists beneficiaries to improve food security within their communities while creating income opportunities through fresh produce sales. The project provides practical support to assist aspiring agri-entrepreneurs in managing productivity and quality in their businesses. The programme provides a comprehensive solution to achieve sustainable outcomes, through:
Access to markets
The programme offers a number of Enterprise and Supplier Development opportunities through establishing small-scale farms to supply fresh organic produce to corporate canteens and employees. It has been estimated that the agricultural GDP in Africa will create eight million wage-paying jobs in agri-business on the continent by 2020, which could be increased by a further six million with specialist development in the sector. This could result in an additional 3.1% growth in value added per annum.
The programme provides for sustainable job creation through:
Empowering unemployed woman and youth to become economically active through agricultural entrepreneurship
Effectively utilizing uncultivated land in rural communities, with the setup of garden infrastructure and water management systems
Focusing on labour-intensive crops and out of season crops which hold a higher price and open opportunities for strategic competitive advantage
Developing agro-processing industries and additional micro enterprises to provide support services to the small-scale agricultural sector
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