House of Mandela family foundation
THE QUNU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT
The House of Mandela Family Foundation (HoMFF) was set up in 2017 to improve the livelihoods of poor communities and globally advocate for social issues that affect African communities mainly social justice, advocacy, HIV and AIDS, education, health, agriculture, women empowerment and promoting alternate energy sectors.
President Nelson Mandela devoted himself to campaigning against poverty, illiteracy and AIDS in Africa. He believed that, ‘ Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice’.
Grounded by Madiba’s values, the HoMFF has supported the works of organisations like St Mary’s Foundation and My Life foundation in their programs. With a great sense of responsibility and a passion to contribute positively to society, HoMFF has embarked on the Qunu Food Security project which will be anchored at Madiba’s farm in the Eastern Cape.
Qunu is the childhood home of President Nelson Mandela and the place where he is buried, and so it has a great significance not only to the family and the community around it but to South Africa and the world at large as there lies a legend of contemporary times. The Qunu Food Security project is the leading initiative although HoMFF has scope to expand to holistic community development which will include, women empowerment, youth development, health and education.
In partnership with the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), University of South Africa (UNISA), among others, the project is set to create an agricultural hub in Qunu. Focusing on livestock and crop farming, the project will use agriculture as a tool to equip, train up and develop the people of Qunu and the surrounding areas, incubating and establishing profitable enterprises that will take people out of poverty.
Partnerships have already been set up to create a value chain for the project so that produce farmed will be taken directly to market. In empowering the community through agriculture, the Qunu food security project endeavours to increase access for beneficiaries while teaching sustainable farming methods, providing quality checks, maintaining animal health, entrepreneurship training and introducing new technologies that maximise output in farming.
“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” – Nelson Mandela
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