JOHANNESBURG - ABBA Initiatives, a subsidiary of investment holding company AFGRI Group Holdings, said on Monday it would provide training and skills development to 25 youths in Tembisa, focusing initially on open field farming, aquaponics and hydroponics, with the ultimate goal of developing a sustainable urban agricultural solution for South Africa.
ABBA Initiatives has developed a unique farming programme that relies on father figures in communities to establish sustainable agrarian projects across Africa.
Along with an existing aquaponics container and tunnel, as well as a hydroponics container, the Tembisa project includes a 1,000 square metre vegetable garden used for training purposes.
“With steadily declining employment rates, we need to offer our urban communities alternatives, particularly our youth," ABBA managing director Vaughan McTaggart said.
"We know that agriculture is not always the most obvious choice, but with the 25 graduates working as community ‘influencers’, as well as by actively involving Tembisa households in the programme, word is spreading to the community about the many benefits involved in urban farming and agriculture more generally."