Social Development Approach
Improving food availability can be achieved through capacitating small-scale farmers and gardeners and influencing city and settlement design to give people greater access to arable land, equipment and infrastructural resources, and food retail outlets. This social development approach benefits disadvantaged people who are undernourished and do not have adequate access to supermarkets and shops in which to buy the food needed to make up a healthy diet. This population includes food insecure children and youth and people living with AIDS, for whom food insecurity is a paramount problem. By advising civil society organisations, NGOs, and members of local and provincial government on food security and urban agriculture strategies we are improving the appropriateness of government and civil society initiatives on a local, provincial, national, and regional level.

The research and training conducted by WSI has great benefits for development practitioners, students, researchers, government, and civil society. Our action-research approach not only produces new knowledge, but also results in tangible outcomes and benefits for future leaders in the area of sustainable livelihoods.

Trans-disciplinary Approach
Our base at highly regarded Wits University enables us to mobilize the intellectual capital of a diversity of experts. At the same time, our success in conducting effective on-the-ground work provides us with the credentials and expertise required to influence policy makers and facilitate linkages among a range of governmental departments including Agriculture and Rural Development, Economic Development, Education and Health and Social Development. These partnerships allow us to advocate effectively for changes that will have a national impact.


Contact Details

Siyakhana Garden
Bezuidenhout Park
Observatory Avenue
Erf 144, Region F

Prof. Michael Rudolph - Director and Founder
+27 82 492 4768

Evans Muchesa - Research and Projects
+27 74 516 7575

Thabang Makoloi - Farm Manager
+27 60 344 7184

Paula van Eeden - Administration
+27 61 060 0101


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