- NEAD International seeks to address the problem of international market linkage for SHF’s
- In a model that is endorsed and supported by the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and Masisizane, the development fund from Old Mutual
- A model which from the start aims to partner with importers from overseas in terms of product specifications, knowledge-transfer and off-take agreements
SHF’S AND MARKET LINKAGE
- The South-African National Development Plan (NDP) identified crop farming as a sector that could contribute towards creating jobs in the rural areas
- The NDP states that “the demand for vegetable (and fruit) crops could expand significantly if access to rural markets is established, transparent electronic trading platforms are created, and markets in neighbouring (and overseas) countries are created“
- The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform acknowledges that beneficiaries after land restitution struggle because the operate at the bottom of the value-chain: commonly they are price-takers, whereas the traditional pack-houses benefit via a long established network of national and international market linkage – 80% of their projects fail within the first 2 years.
PROPELLING SHF’S UP THE VALUE CHAIN
FERTILE LAND IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
- Over 800 hectares of arable land in Rural Limpopo with access to more land
- Established relationships with relevant government institutions and communities
- Proven track record of negotiating for land and setting up farming businesses
- Access to a database of AFASA (African Farmers Association of South Africa) farmers
ADDRESSING HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY LEVELS IN VHEMBE AREA
Our network of farmers covers the rest of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West province and parts of KZN.