Heifer South Africa
20%Live below the Poverty Line
9%Of Children Under 5 are Malnourished
4%Rely on Agriculture
Although South Africa’s economy has steadily improved since the end of apartheid in 1994, its turbulent history has resulted in extreme inequality. South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world with a Gini index of 65. South Africa rates 118 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index. About 20 percent of its 53 million people live under the poverty line, or $1.25 a day, and nine percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.
South Africa has a dual agricultural economy: a highly developed large-scale commercial farming sector and an underdeveloped small-scale farming sector. Thirty-six percent of South Africa’s population live in rural areas while 80 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes. Only four and a half percent of its total population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Our Work In South Africa
Our programmatic work is focused on large-scale projects in partnership with key stakeholders, such as government departments (Departments of Agriculture, Health, Rural Development, research institutions), and non- governmental organizations including the AIDS Foundation of South Africa. We are working with project participants who need livestock to start farming activities and with those who are able to benefit from training and group membership. Heifer South Africa places dedicated project staff close to project sites to provide participants cost-effective hands-on support. With a strong focus on fundraising and monitoring and support functions, Heifer South Africa is able to expand their impact and improve upon an already successful model.
Leadership training, Gender equality training
High-quality livestock, Value chain access, Agroecology
HIV/AIDS trainings, Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development
Vegetable gardening, Nutrition training
Soil Management, Organic gardening reforestation, Water harvesting
Programs and Projects
Blouberg:Agricultural Development Project
Gqunu and Ngxakol