Umthunzi Farming Community offers a heart-warming story of how technology can create economic opportunities in South Africa.
Umthunzi Farming Community uses on-the-ground business tools and training to create access to appropriate markets for over 70 small-scale farmers across the Cape Flats.
By selling large quantities of vegetables at a time (both wholesale and to individual consumers), Umthunzi Farming Community has sold more than 150 tons of produce this year, resulting in a sustained and reliable income for the small-scale farmers they partner with.
Kim Bloch, co-founder and director of Umthunzi Farming Community, said, “We are just all trying to ensure that Umthunzi is fulfilling its mission, which is economically empowering small-scale farmers, and making sure that produce is being distributed across the city, filling up people’s homes and bellies with organic, local, seasonal produce.”
How Umthunzi Farming Community empowers small-scale farmers
Umthunzi offers small-scale farmers the opportunity to sell their produce on an online platform, which can be accessed here.