Our Achievements

  • Awarded the ACP-EU Edulink II contract, with Wits Siyakhana Initiative as the lead institution in collaboration with two European and two African Universities to mentor and train future leaders in the fields of food security and social development, 2013.
  • WSI was awarded the WesBank Fund Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Programme 2 research contract, February 2014. Following on the comprehensive reports submitted to TSI Wesbank, Wesbank has embarked on a unique and significant 15-year funding programme for food security and livelihood projects.
  • The Head of the School of Geography, Archeology and Environmental Sciences (GAES) at Wits approved our application to be housed academically within GAES. This has favourable implications in terms of enhancing our trans-disciplinary relationships with regard to future courses and research.
  • Established a working relationship with the National Development Agency and currently formalizing a MoU.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the UK and Swansea Technical College in developing innovative projects and approaches to growing food, flowers and forests.
  • Large media presence: one TV and one radio interview in 2014; three TV interviews in 2013.
  • HoD of GDARD, Priscilla Pietersen, visited the Siyakhana Garden in February 2014 and issued a very positive response. Subsequent to that meeting, WSI is now entering into a MoU with GDARD.
  • Multi- and inter-disciplinary research and teaching with several schools and departments at Wits 2006 until present.
  • African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) member – Collaboration with ten other universities in southern Africa since 2008.
  • Research partners with international universities: New York, Emory (Atlanta), Queens (Canada) University College London, London South Bank since 2006.
  • Pioneering research in food security, informal trade, food flows, food gardens and nutrition.
  • Very high standard of reports and publications.
  • Working with national, provincial and local government sectors including health, agriculture, education and economic development.
  • Developed an innovative school programme to teach both learners and educators about nutrition.


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