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.
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.