urban agriculture

A dynamic agricultural start-up transforms urban landscapes

It is named AgroLight SARL and was created from its initiator’s will to undertake a business venture on his homeland. He is called Gnépa-Joël Anani, a young French entrepreneur. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, he arrived very young in Europe where he spent more than twenty years studying and holding various professional positions in management, market analysis and the distribution of specialized equipment, first in France and then in England. He

From death’s door to a master of agri-innovation (foodformzansi)

When all hope seemed lost, 51-year-old Nonhlanhla Joye literally started farming in plastic bags. She is the founder and director of the Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute. “I hated farming when I was a child. While all the other kids my age were running around and playing, I was in my father’s backyard helping him tend his farm,” proclaims the 51-year-old award-winning farmer from Cato Manor, just outside Durban

An urban migrant makes his own luck in organic farming

Sibongile Sityebi heads up an urban agricultural masterpiece, supported by Ntombesine and Vuyokazi Wulana, two demure but hard working women from the area. When Sibongile, first arrived in Cape Town from the Eastern Cape in 2008, he discovered a garden while exploring his new home. Unemployed at the time, he approached the garden’s owner, Gertrude Cuba, offering to help by clearing out grass. That led on to laying pipes, amongst

The garden in a packet

Nonhlanhla Joye is known as a Farmer, a Social Entrepreneur and the Founder of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute who is passionate about food security and community empowerment.  Umgibe’s main purpose is to train and promote farmer-owned, well-governed, well-managed, profitable & equitable cooperatives and small scale farmers. Ma Joye as she is known in the community, was born in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province in South Africa.  She is the