Food security and agriculture

Guidelines for Effective Funding in Food Security and Agriculture

● Rural food security initiatives, particularly self-sustaining food gardens and agricultural training, are
in line with government’s focus on rural development. These projects have the potential to impact
poverty alleviation.
● It is worth considering supplementing school feeding schemes with the establishment of food
gardens, which can be used to supply the scheme and to increase awareness and skills around
growing vegetables. These gardens also have the potential to raise the profile of agricultural sciences
as a career for young people.
● Getting fresh fruit and vegetables from community gardens and smallholder farms to market
(whether formal or within the community) is an important link in the sustainability of small farmers
that deserves more attention and support.
● Water access and quality need to be considered as part of small-scale farming interventions. Lowtech
irrigation ideas, such as rainwater harvesting, have an impressive impact on yield, and education
is required in this regard.
● There is a critical need for emerging farmers to be trained in business management skills and to set
up networks through, for example, web-connected IT centres, for farmers to access market data and
share information.