After recognizing challenges faced by black emerging farmers, AFASA has developed farmer support programmes which will be of direct benefit to its members as well as help it achieve its strategic goals of Commercialising African farmers.
AFASA Knowledge Centre
Knowledge and information are essential for people to grow and respond to the opportunities and challenges of social, economic and technological changes. The main aim of the AFASA Knowledge Centre is to make information accessible to the farmer through an online platform and walk ins, where farmers are assisted with whatever information they may require. The knowledge centre offers comprehensive information on various farming aspects, from access to finance, markets, production expertise and training opportunities, covering different commodities, to empower aspirant commercial farmers. The online version will provide updates on important events such as farmers’ and information days, various opportunities and newly introduced technologies.
The Business of Farming
- New Venture Creation
- Programme management
- Cooperative farming
- Soil testing
- Crop management
- Cultivar selection
- Equipment Operation and Maintenance
- Animal production
- Genetics selection
- Primary Health Care and Nutrition
- Management of veld grazing
- Planning a livestock production enterprise
AFASA Incubation Programme
AFASA is working with a network of accredited agribusiness enterprises across the country with strategic linkages with the broader innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem actors who are prospective incubators. The AFASA Incubation Programme aims to commercialize and modernize agriculture, as well as promote competitive black owned agribusinesses. Other objectives for the incubation programme is to strengthen AFASA at grassroots, stimulate investment in emerging agribusinesses; and value chain development through nurturing early-stage innovative enterprises that have high growth potential. is meant to assist emerging farmers to graduate from emerging into commercial farming.
AFASA Legal Desk
The AFASA legal desk was established to assist farmers in legal matters in relation to the following:
- Land disputes
- Business Rescue- to facilitating the rehabilitation of farming companies that are “financially distressed and facing liquidationCommercial agreements (i.e. Sales agreement, lease agreements, supply agreement)
- Advice on farm employment and labour matters
AFASA links its members to markets through its current procurement platform where it actively secure markets for various farm products to be supplied to food manufacturers, retailers, food exporters and companies in the food service industry, giving farmers access to the whole value chain.
Online procurement platform
The primary purpose of AFASA’s online procurement platform is to digitally link African Farmers with the formal markets. This need is necessitated by the challenge of accessing markets by smallholder farmers due to high volumes required by the markets. Therefore, the online platform allow for multiple farmers in one community or geographical region to contribute to bulk orders from a variety of different clients. Thus, putting to action the power of collective and aggregate marketing. The platform guarantee emerging farmers a sustainable income and allow them to plan and grow their business.
Facilitating the development of African farmers for a meaningful participation and contribution to the mainstream agri-economy
External Support Programmes
The President of African Farmer's Association of South Africa, Mr. AJ Mthembu, speaking on the topics that will be addressed at the 2022 KZN AGM and 10 years celebration. He encourages all current and future farmers to join the proceedings as the organisations...
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