Siyakhana is a change agent for promoting health, transforming communities and enhancing environments.
South Africa is in the midst of a food insecurity crisis: many go to bed hungry; a lack of dietary diversity leads to detrimental health outcomes such as diabetes and obesity; and micronutrient deficiencies cause stunting in children, which compromises future academic ability.
What is needed is a change agent that uproots old ideas and changes how we think, learn and practice urban food farming. And Siyakhana unequivocally achieves all of this: we tackle problems head on, offer a range of training courses, build trust and apply appropriate methods and technology.
Although Siyakhana may be perceived as being in the business of ‘plants’, we’re actually in the business of people, partnerships and potential. Essentially we’re working to promote health and enhance environments in which we live and we do this through networking with people in government, business and local communities, as well as collaborating with corporates, NGOs, Universities and schools.
Siyakhana undertakes research related to food, nutrition, urban agriculture, and more. Siyakhana staff are closely linked to several research.
WSI engages with government and civil society in order to create greater public awareness, share research findings and promote effective policy on.
WSI provides training to build capacity in the areas of food security, health promotion, nutrition, permaculture and sustainable urban agriculture.
Food gardens growing a diverse range of foods are a direct and effective way to enhance food availability and access and strengthen.