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Nongejile: Fighting for Food Security

Nongejile Matomane from Mpakama Village in Quinana South has what many women don’t have, land, where she can produce to feed her family and create a source of income.

Humana People to People in South Africa has been working with Nongejile and 399 other rural small-scale farmers, mainly women in the Farmers’ Clubs project. The farmers have organized into 16 clubs of 25 farmers each. The farmers learn from each other about farming and are empowered through technical support by Project Leaders who manage the project and live in the community with them.

“I have learnt a lot through my experiences as a participant of Humana People to People’s Farmers’ Clubs. The intervention has added to my knowledge and experience particularly in the area of conservation farming. Techniques such as pot-holing and intercropping have helped me increase my yield and I am now using them when I plant crops such as maize and pumpkin. I am happy with my production, especially pumpkin; I have already sold some pumpkins because they are many and attract a ready market due to their huge sizes.”

Nongejile lives with her family in Mbashe Local Municipality and has never shied away from her love for farming and what it can be able to benefit her family and community.

“I like farming because it provides me with an opportunity to sustain my family and earn an income. My family has always been interested in farming. We have a 0.2 hectare piece of land on which I grow maize, sugar beans and pumpkin. We have another piece of land we were given by the local chief where we mostly grow maize.”

Many farmers in Quinani South are women who depend on their production to provide for their families. It is a source of food and also economy and Nongijile would like to use this resource to benefit her more in the future as well as her children.

“I would like to use conservative methods on my land to preserve it so that it can be productive for longer. Then I will be able to pass it on to my children.”