JAM has identified agricultural development as one of the highest priorities for long-term sustainable development, as we realize our vision of Helping Africa Help Itself. The implementation of agricultural programs differ from country to country, and is dependent on the context, geography, community perceptions and stage of development in a particular region or country.
In Mozambique, which is ripe for agricultural development, JAM has established a large demonstration farm that serves as an example and training center for community farmers. JAM drives the establishment of school gardens to provide students with a living laboratory in Mozambique and Angola, in addition to providing some complementary food items for their school feeding program.
In South Sudan, agricultural development is a means to improve community cohesion, and development through a series of interventions. In South Africa, JAM works in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide community farmers with training and inputs to improve existing practices and generate household income.
There are currently 691 active agricultural projects
180 Active Projects
- Since 2007, JAM has established gardens at 135 schools in three provinces, where JAM’s agricultural officers participate actively. In addition to this, schools have expanded their gardens using traditional community structures to establish community gardens named Machambas.
- The objective with the Machambas is two-fold; to produce enough crops to supplement school lunches and, to build the capacity of learners and communities using proven agricultural practices that ensure sustainability.
- JAM has also established a large semi-commercial farm in Pambarra, Inhambane, which provides technical training to local farmers and encourages sustainability through a community outreach program.
600 Active Projects
- The three-year partnership between JAM and Wes-Bank will see 900 trained farmers in Orange Farm and West Rand (both in the Gauteng Province) by the end of December 2014.
- The first phase of the project capacitates farmers with agricultural skills through theoretical and practical training, gardening starter packs (tools), fertilizers and seeds or seedlings from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, followed by on-site technical support, monitoring and evaluation.
- The second phase focuses on tree nursery establishment as an income-generating activity, while the final phase will focus on setting up institutions like resource centers, training facilities, and women’s cooperatives.
21 Active Projects
- JAM works with WFP in three states in South Sudan through the Food for Assets (FFA) Program with the aim to build community assets with a particular emphasis on agriculture.
- Through the FFA Program JAM has established 21 community gardens, nurseries and other agriculture and livestock projects.