Project: Agribusiness Development Academy Programme in Limpopo
This programme aims to provide support to new landowners and small to medium-sized entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector, in the context of the land reforms.
For many years now, the land reform programme has been one of the most important large-scale initiatives of the South African Government. As a result of the land reform; small and medium-sized agricultural holdings have come into the hands of a group of new landowners. However, a large part of the transferred land and agricultural holdings is not, or insufficiently, used. This is owing to the fact that the new landowners have very limited knowledge of ownership structures and of agricultural engineering, business and economic systems.
Together with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture, a programme was set up to support this group of new landowners. The goal of this programme is to train the new landowners to be successful, commercial entrepreneurs. Higher incomes, sustainable work and improved rural households are aimed at through organisational development, training and quality improvement along the entire post-production chain.
The first phase (2007-2009) of the project mainly devoted attention to training, education and agrotourism.
During the programme's second phase (2010-2014) the focus is on the active and progressive guidance of the target group in the development of its in-house organisational and institutional capacity on the one hand, and on the development of solid and economically embedded agricultural holdings on the other hand. The coordination and harmonisation of the numerous, already existing, public and private initiatives supporting the target group and agricultural holdings will be greatly emphasised as well.
Some of the South African departments investing in this process are:
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- Rural Development and Land Reform
- Economic Development
- Small Enterprise Development Agency
- Department of Higher Education and Training