Farm management training sows the seeds of success

CPA Committee members learn about farm management in a series of six workshops

Efficient farming practices can help farmers grow their businesses and improve farm lands to become important engines of economic growth. However, land management can be challenging, especially for communities that are new to farming.

In communities near Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, learning about farm management is helping farmers transform previously unused land into active and productive farms.

To help these communities develop farming businesses, the High Commission of Canada supported a recent project by the Lima Rural Development Foundation through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). Lima, a non-governmental organization based in South Africa, is helping five Community Property Associations (CPAs) near Vryheid reform their land into productive farms and establish farming businesses.

Cultivating farm management skills in the community

Farm management workshop participants receive a certificate for their achievements

With support from the High Commission, Lima provided a series of six workshops in each of the five communities to help enhance their farm management skills and financial literacy. The training was attended by members of the CPA Executive Committees, who are responsible for overseeing and managing the community’s property.

The training made us realize our business plan was outdated. We are now working with Lima to improve it,” explains one of the training participants.

The six workshops included training on the roles and responsibilities of members of the CPA Executive, financial management of farming businesses, office administration, and legislation compliance. Upon completion of the series of six workshops, participants received training certificates to commemorate their achievements.

These workshops have helped members of the community gain in-depth knowledge about effective farm management. This knowledge will help the communities to build and maintain strong farms on lands that were previously underused.

Canada is proud to support initiatives such as Lima’s training workshops, which help improve agricultural development and drive economic growth for the community.