The LAND Project’s current collaborators include:

The Ncedisizwe Co-op (whose name means, isiXhosa, “helping the nation”) is a co-operative of some 800 small-holder farmers in 32 villages of mainly amaQwathi people, near the town Ncogbo, in the high foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape. The co-op formed in the year 2000, mainly focusing on getting better prices for agricultural supplies. The LAND Project has been working with the Ncedisizwe Co-op since 2011 to develop locally-adapted agroecological production methods, such as rotational grazing and perennial gardening, and to develop markets which do not disadvantage small-holder farmers.

3 group 2011

The Ncedisizwe Co-op: 800 smallholder farmers from 32 villages in the Eastern Cape


Conservation South Africa (CSA) is one of South Africa’s leading conservation organizations. CSA has a special interest in the LAND Project’s area of work because it lies within in a designated biodiversity hotspot of global significance, the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot. CSA has been working this year with the LAND Project on a means of locally-controlled rotational grazing that restores ecological functioning at the same time as supporting local livelihoods. We call this our “ecoranger” project.


Professor Dave Watts of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo has been taking Cal Poly students on service learning trips to South Africa for 8 years, working closely with LAND Project co-director, Liza Lightfoot.  Dave and Liza are leading a group of students to the LAND Project villages in August and September, where they will work on community participatory planning, needs assessment, and the school garden.


Dr. Dave Watts, Professor of Landscape Architecture






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