• 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 European and two African higher education institutions which will mentor and train future leaders in the fields of food security and social development, 2013
  • 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
  • Michael Rudolph has been Invited to be guest speaker at several international conferences
  • Working with national provincial and local government sectors including health, agriculture, education and economic development
  • Winner of the 2011 Gauteng Department of Agriculture Awards “Best Innovative Project” & “Best Overall Community Project”
  • Third prize in the 2012 “National Conservation Agriculture” category
  • Ruth Singer, a Wits honours student, won the best student award for her research conducted at the Siyakhana sites under the supervision of Siyakhana staff, 2012
  • New York University students won the prize for best project in the Global Public Health department for their research project at Siyakhana, 2009
  • Siyakhana Project has been featured on numerous TV programmes and in the media
  • Developed an innovative school programme to teach both learners and educators about nutrition and to equip them with the skills to grow and prepare healthy food
  • Siyakhana is now a recognised ‘brand’ and a hallmark of one of the most successful and sustainable urban food gardens in the wider Johannesburg metropole
  • Out of the fertile soil of this garden, the Siyakhana team has promoted community and ecological health, improved food security and built capacity in order to cultivate leadership, create jobs and enhance environments
  • Siyakhana has generated and will continue to generate income through consultancy, research and courses


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