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.


Siyakhana undertakes research related to food, nutrition, urban agriculture, and more. Siyakhana staff are closely linked to several research… read more >>


WSI engages with government and civil society in order to create greater public awareness, share research findings and promote effective policy on… read more >>


WSI provides training to build capacity in the areas of food security, health promotion, nutrition, permaculture and sustainable urban agriculture. read more >>

Food Gardens

Food gardens growing a diverse range of foods are a direct and effective way to enhance food availability and access and strengthen… read more >>

Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Siyakhana’s Achievements

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...

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Food garden feeds inner city residents

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...

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Edulink EU-ACP Project

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...

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Bringing food security to the forefront

Bringing food security to the forefront

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...

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