Ekwendeni Agroecology

Lead Organization:

Soils, Food and Healthy Community Organization

Community of Practice:

East & Southern Africa

Duration:

11/2018—11/2019

Overview:

This project will establish the impact of the work the Soils, Food and Healthy Community Organization has done over the past 18 years. We have a wide breadth of data and results that have evaluated the impact of projects within the lifespan of the project. However, we have not had the opportunity to synthesize the results from all of these projects and to revisit the outcomes of this work after time has passed. We have used Farmer Research Teams, training of the trainer, farmer to farmer learning, mentoring, and a variety of participatory communication approaches (e.g. theatre, recipe demonstrations) as part of our efforts to ensure sustainability of our work, but we do not know which, if any, of these efforts has been successful. Ultimately, understanding the longevity and sustainability of our work is critical to improving the resilience of the communities we work with, including impact beyond the direct participants to the broader communities. Understanding the impact of our different approaches and projects will help to inform and improve our future work, and the work of other stakeholders

Grant Aims:

This project seeks to understand what types of agroecological, nutrition and gender equity practices are sustained by smallholder farming households over time, what kind of information and seeds do they share (i.e. distance, #, depth of information), what social networks support the maintenance of these practices, what are some key gaps in agroecological knowledge and training

Outputs and Outcomes:

Outcomes include improved understanding of the types of agroecological, nutrition and gender equity practices are sustained by smallholder farming households over time, what kind of information and seeds are share, what social networks are involved in the process and key gaps in agroecological knowledge and training.