I am working with a urban micro farming organisation in the townships that grow vegetables for own consumption (Abalimi Bezekhaya). We also provide a platform for farmers to sell their vegetables and gain income (Harvest of Hope).
My question is how do we ensure that these farmers are not reliant on our funding and support, but become more independent over time? These farmers carry all the risk of producing the vegetables in very difficult circumstances, yet there are huge overheads to try to get these produce to market.
How do we ensure that the small scale urban farmers learn to be independent when they competing with large scale commercial farmers? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.