WITS Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and Food Security
Wits Siyakhana Initiative (WSI) functions as a change agent to engage individuals and organizations in Joburg City, Gauteng and across the entire spectrum of the South and Southern African society to promote health, improve food security and enhance environments.
This is achieved through building capacity via training programmes at all academic levels, establishing pioneering trans-disciplinary research and making a significant contribution to civil society.
As a leading incubator and repository of knowledge and best practice relating to food security, urban agriculture and agro-ecology, our goal is to promote healthy and resilient communities and environments.
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Gan Eiden – Hebrew for ‘Garden of Eden’ – began with a vision to empower a group of special needs’ individuals by creating an Permaculture food garden where they could connect with nature, cultivate their own produce and hence, feel as though they’re productive,...read more
Prof Michael Rudolph with co-author Florian Kroll won best oral presentation for the 6th Annual Gauteng Agricultural Research Symposium, June 2013 Awarded European Union contract, with Siyakhana Initiative/Wits as the lead institution in collaboration with two...read more
Johannesburg - Vulnerable and hungry people living in Johannesburg's inner city are enjoying the fruits of the successful Siyakhana Food Garden in Bezuidenhout Park. Phase two of a food garden located in what was once a dumping ground has answered the cries of many...read more
The project aims to design and implement a joint training programme in order to foster cost effective measures, including greater inter-institutional networking to provide quality universal university education and learning in the three participating Southern Africa...read more
The University of Witwatersrand has carved out clear objectives for its 2022 vision: to strengthen the research capability and research outputs of academic staff; to increase postgraduate intake and improve post-graduate success rate; to champion intellectual renewal...read more
Siyakhana undertook a research study entitled "A pilot study assessing the impact of a fortified supplementary food on the health and well-being of creche children and adult TB patients in South Africa". Read about Basil Kransdorff, creator of e'Pap, and why he felt...read more