The Greater Kruger region of South Africa experiences severe unemployment, with 15-24 year olds making up 70% of all those unemployed in Mpumalanga. Our goal is to equip young adults to theoretically and practically apply their skills to a career and identify and establish entrepreneurial opportunities. We will create a community garden to help local community members sustain themselves and their families and increase income generation.
The Greater Kruger region of South Africa experiences severe unemployment, with 15-24 year olds making up 70% of all those unemployed in Mpumalanga. The cycle of poor education, poverty and health issues create an environment in which communities struggle to escape. Even if the youth in the area receive an education they are often without the skills to be able to get jobs and create a stable income. This further contributes to the unemployment in the area and an increase in poverty levels.
Farmers of the Future has Business and Entrepreneurial development with a focus on Agriculture. As a four phase project over 3 years these community members start off as subsistence gardeners, graduating to farmers in phase 2 and 3 where they learn to generate income and further provide employment to others. All the while they receive a business curriculum that introduces, reinforces and helps implement various business practise elements.
Phase 4 allows farmers to create their own business. Overall, the project looks to be as sustainable as possible giving ownership to those on the ground as soon as possible with input and support along the way. The ripple effect for participants in various levels of this project to share further and wider is encouraged and has proven to be very successful. We believe in the principals of the saying, rather than giving a man a fish to eat, rather teach him how to fish so he can eat forever.