From Cape Town to Drakensberg through the Free State
Fish Farm - a fish farm in a box!
ELI - family business for national issues
Indeed, the end of apartheid also marks the end of a system of subsidies to agriculture and pressurizes many farms. Leonard, one of the family members, realizes that they share weaknesses on 6 common factors: Market, Supply Chain , Technology, Training, Administrative and Financial management and Quality issues. Based on the analysis and resolution of these six factors, he managed to achieve the turnaround of many farms. Thanks to a more systemic analysis, he helped to restore their sustainability.
If it’s hard to consider this initiative as “Jugaad” because it relies too much on the expertise of the founder and conventional farming techniques, we must recognize that the pragmatism and the ingenious approach of this family is a coherent and comprehensive answer to the challenges that South African agriculture is facing today !
LAST MILE FOR BOP - access to social products for the poorest
Now the question is how to create a low-cost supply chain? With his project “Last Mile for BoP”, Arnaud and his partner are currently working with 10 spazer shops (and soon 25) and they plan to raise this to 3000 in 2 years. Their vision is to deliver low-cost social products useful for people as well as healthy and local food. It will create a real local economy which allows people to get wealthier and more independant.
The OAK VALLEY - a fascinating commercial farm
Export as answer to unemployment?
Right now, the alternative for export are not the organic farms located in Western Cape, mainly producing for a wealthy minority living in Cape Town and don’t meet the needs of the vast majority of the South African population.