CALUSA in partnership with the Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) is conducting an agroecology farming training programme for rural community members in Mnxe, a village in Cala in the Eastern Cape. The initiative aims to equip farmers with knowledge and skills in agroecological practices to promote environmentally friendly, resilient, and sustainable farming systems. Agroecology, a science-based approach to agriculture, focuses on harmonizing farming practices with the natural environment while improving productivity and livelihoods.


The key components of the training program include:

  • Principles of Agroecology: Farmers are introduced to the core principles of agroecology, emphasizing biodiversity conservation, soil health restoration, integrated pest management, and the importance of crop rotation and diversification.


  • Organic Farming Practices: Participants are educated on organic farming methods, such as composting, green manure, and the significance of using natural inputs to enhance soil fertility and minimize reliance on synthetic chemicals.


  • Water Management Techniques: Given the prevailing challenges of water scarcity in many rural areas, the training highlights water conservation methods and efficient irrigation practices to optimize water usage and enhance resilience in times of drought.


  • Seed Saving and Indigenous Crop Cultivation: The program encouraged farmers to preserve traditional knowledge and heritage seeds by promoting seed saving and the cultivation of indigenous crops adapted to local conditions.


Beyond its immediate impact on farming practices, the training has fostered a sense of community and collaboration among the participants. The knowledge-sharing and support network established during the program will continue to flourish, providing ongoing assistance and encouragement to one another.


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