twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

AGCO Agriculture Foundation Award goes to South Africa’s Bahle Zondo Foundation

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF) has announced the Bahle Zondo Foundation in South Africa as the first organisation globally to receive the newly-launched AAF Award

AGCO AwardDr Bahle Zondo with executive members of the uMsinga farm project. (Image source: AGCO Agriculture Foundation)

The AAF Award goes to the Bahle Zondo Foundation (BZF) for its innovative solutions in addressing rural unemployment through its work at the uMsinga Farming Project in KwaZulu-Natal.

Philanthropist Dr Bahle Zondo established the uMsinga Farming project in August 2018 with an objective to create job opportunities for local women, provide them with the chance to become successful agripreneurs and empower them with the means to sustain themselves and their families.

One year later, the project provides employment for around 50 women who run and manage the farm. Recently the uMsinga Farming Project harvested its first crop – sugar beans. The BZF assisted the local women in finding a market for their products and with the sales’ income, the women are now better able to support their households as well as invest in further inputs for the next planting season.

As the winner of the award, the BZF will receive US$50,000 towards further community development projects.

Initiated by AGCO Corporation, a global player in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, the AGCO Agriculture Foundation started its non-profit activities in 2018 and contributes to specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations that seek to end hunger and provide basic necessities to a growing world population.

With a seed fund of US$78,000, Dr Zondo was inspired to create the uMsinga Farming Project following a protest by women outside the local primary school in Msinga. The women were appealing for more job opportunities with the school’s feeding scheme but it was not possible for the school to employ them. Dr Zondo came up with his alternative solution to utilize their skills by establishing the farming project and merging three informal cooperatives on communal land with sites varying from two to 50 ha.

The BZF’s objective is for the women to become self-sufficient but, in the meantime, it has set aside a budget to pay them a stipend until the farm generates enough income to provide wages. Currently, the BZF supports women of the co-operatives as well as casual workers who assist with clearing weeds and trees and erecting fencing around the project’s cultivated land. This stipend has served as an incentive to attract local youth to the project.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

World Sustainability Organization chooses Zambia as the first African Sustainability Hub

World Sustainability Organization choose…

The World Sustainability Organization and Foundation (WSO&F) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian Government, to make Zambia the African Sustainability Hub 

Rallying call to improve African and global cotton production

Rallying call to improve African and glo…

As the business of cotton production continues to attract global attention, there are concerns about how sustainable the practice of growing, harvesting, and production will be, especially for lower income...

Research and farming institution from Zimbabwe wins FAO Award

Research and farming institution from Zi…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) honoured three research and farming institutions, one of which was from Zimbabwe

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Farming the cities, feeding an urban future

Farming the cities, feeding an urban fut…

Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team emphasises urban agriculture as a means of increasing food security, empowering women, and protecting the environment

Commercialising small-scale farming for 300,000 Malawians

Commercialising small-scale farming for …

Around 300,000 highly vulnerable Malawian families will benefit from a new US$125.4mn programme that aims to increase their productivity and strengthen their market access

Research: Rothamsted scientists make gene breakthrough in fight against weeds

Research: Rothamsted scientists make gen…

A team of scientists from Rothamsted Research have successfully adapted genetic techniques developed for crop improvement to be used in weeds – allowing them, for the first time, to directly...

South Sudan state hosts agricultural trade show

South Sudan state hosts agricultural tra…

Eastern Equatoria in South Sudan recently welcomed visitors to its agricultural trade show where farmers from across the state were able to showcase their new products

IOM trains Nigerien youth in market gardening

IOM trains Nigerien youth in market gard…

International Organization for Migration (IOM) organised several training courses for close to 100 community members in the municipalities of Dirkou, Djado, Fachi and Bilma in the Kawar region

AGCO’s transformation solution to Benin’s agricultural sector

AGCO’s transformation solution to Benin’…

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West African nation of Benin

Rice price forces Guinean consumers to change diet

Rice price forces Guinean consumers to c…

The high cost of imported rice in Guinea, West Africa, has led to a change in diets and an increased use of cassava, which can provide three tonnes of food...

New seed varieties help cocoa farmers thrive in Cameroon

New seed varieties help cocoa farmers th…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed to provide funding to Institute of Agriculture Research for Development (IRAD), where research is focused on creating adapted seed varieties

Food and agri industry turning waste into revenue

Food and agri industry turning waste int…

A Rabobank report, Don’t Waste a Drop: Maximising the Value of F&A Waste Streams, has found there is a paradigm shift in the way food and agricultural waste is transitioning from organic...

Rust-resistant bread wheat varieties widely adopted in Ethiopia, study reveals

Rust-resistant bread wheat varieties wid…

A study of plant DNA provides strong evidence that farmers in Ethiopia have widely adopted new, improved rust-resistant bread wheat varieties since 2014

‘Forests management crucial for sustainable tropical timber industry’

‘Forests management crucial for sustaina…

The International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT) has discussed forest management strategies for promoting a sustainable tropical timber industry

‘Avocados, coffee and citrus fruit threaten global food security’

‘Avocados, coffee and citrus fruit threa…

A study by researchers at University of Maryland found how Western appetites for foods like avocados, coffee and citrus fruit are threatening global food security, having looked at 40 years...

Prev Next