To provide sustainable food sourcing for local communities & migrant communities living in Africa
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I as the lead applicant am the son of migrants and was afforded an education and food through farming initiatives through out childhood and relating to other migrants from places such as the Sub Asian communities we provide farm fresh food for them to enable food security and keep them tied to their heritage even far from home by harnessing local relationships and expertise. Our family has lived there for the past two years and provides farm fresh food to local and outlying areas in the greater Johannesburg region and the relationship is that of tying agricultural passion and the need to serve the communities we live in.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
Lettuce field which is a representation one of our key product offerings
The place is a urban farming community in South Africa and people eat foods diversified into two main classes, local produce and specialized foods such as vegetables and herbs from the Asian spaces and this is primarily with the migrants that make a solid aspect of the community. The ethnic diversity is difficult to classify on quantify as the area is made up of local and migrant farm owners while the work force is the same. Agriculture is the dominant force driving the communities in terms of work provisions and sustenance of their personal lives and the dynamics are unique as with the South African culture of diversity and the hopes of the people in the area is to eat well, live well and have a surplus in finance and food to send to their loved ones in outlying areas, distant home lands as there is a large immigrant work base too
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
The challenges remain a lack of adoption into cutting edge technology to improve the farming dynamics but however the quality of the produce in the area is of good quality and mostly organic too, The environment has space to explore drones geo-spatial solutions to improve on the already good quality of food produced for personal and commercial consumption.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
The vision will empower and educate the youth the power of harnessing technology and sound farming practices for a food secure future. We have a number of partners, colleagues from backgrounds intersecting between technology and agriculture and marrying the two will allow us to explore more effective and sustainable means of creating employment, using technology to improve outputs and up-skilling a work force with modern technology for the evolving world, so our ethos is grounded in the need to balance community development, sustainability and profitability in that order.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
The people will welcome a modernized approach to technology and quality of food, better paying jobs through the initiative. Their quality of food that is part of their heritage bolsters national pride and a closer neat community as well that becomes an economic development hub.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Our Other possible future initiative in recycling and planting new crops to develop a new way of farming
Green practices are imperative, the vision 2050 is for high quality natural foods accessible to all and people will be also able to take on some of the of the practices into the home for themselves to plant their own food & food secure future for all no matter nationality, creed without bias