Rorichs Hoop Farm

Rorichs Hoop farming development and metoring a future revolution

Sustainable agriculture

The vision is to successfully train and develop sustainable farmers, changing the lives of historical disadvantaged woman and youth, enablaling food security and wealth creation.

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Rorichs Hoop Farm

Bloemhof, Province of North West, South Africa

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Project Summary

The Southern African farming industry faces enormous challenges. The average age of South African farmers is 62, with a African population that will double by 2050, a skills deficit and a median population age of 26 years, we need to find sustainable solutions and implement it as soon as possible before it is too late. The vision is that Rorichs Hoop and partners develop a training facility for the future. This can only be achieved through knowledge, real life skills and through mentorship programmes. We need to nurture our rural youth, unlocking their potential and creating critical pathways, realising their potential by engaging with the experienced team at Rorich’s hope. The learning methodologies were created during the last 20 years emphases on environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices that incorporates food safety. Our team have the passion to build capacity and sustainable farming practices in an age of climate change.

Problem Statement

Africa is in crises, skills shortages in the farming and the farming value chain are enormous. SA has an aging farmer community that will not be there to transfer vital skills unless we take action. Growing food shortages globally as stated in following food security facts: It is estimated that globally 842 million people are experiencing chronic hunger. Some 42.3% of people in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. The world disposes of a third of the food produced. Hunger and extended periods of malnutrition not only devastate families and communities in the short term, but leave a legacy which impairs livelihoods and undermines human development. Sufficient nutrition enables people to live productive lives and realize their full potential. In turn, quality food improves higher levels of human development, creating a virtuous cycle for all. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have 60% of the world’s total amount of uncultivated arable land. By 2030 50% of Africa’s population will live in cities and it is critical to ensure that agriculture is more efficient. The large poorly managed youth population mainly lead to greater instability and civil conflict. African youths are in a crises and we need to create skills, mentorship and opportunities in a system that is viewed to have failed them. The success depends on the creation of wealth of all the different stakeholders which include the: -Local community; -Mentorship farming operations: -Job creation and skills development, & -Management. To provide long-term sustainability through business development support and mentoring, industry partnerships.

Solution Overview

The vision for an inclusive farming system for Africa which coincides with Dr Annan’s stated philosophy and focuses on the establishment of a sustainable agricultural enterprise aimed at improving food security and the social upliftment of the people within commercial farming development, to supply to the market needs. It will utilise a commercial farming operation to teach farming techniques to historically disadvantaged young people. The team will invest their expertise in enhancing existing and developing future farming operations, infrastructure, agro-processing, supply chain, markets and distribution channels. Starting with capacity building for 1500 individuals and followed by a mentoring programme to guide them as emerging farmers. The importance involving the local communities cannot be over emphasized. A critical success factor is developing value adding industries and up- skilling of scarce skills. Rorich’s hope farming distributes fresh vegetables to FreshMark the fresh produce brand for Shoprite Checkers in South Africa largest supermarket chain in Africa. This forms part of the vision for the success and long term viability of the project. Success depends on the creation of wealth of all the different stakeholders which include: -Local community; - Emerging farming operations and workers. A farming training model that starts with developing the person’s attitude, the knowledge as well as a vital range of skills to become a successful farmer. The mentorship programme will guide the emerging farmer through the first few years to ensure sustainability and wealth creation. A development trust will share in the profits of the operation to ensure future training.

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Project Funders

  • Landbank Loan
  • Farming cooperations

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