The Makana StoryOnce upon a time,A long time ago in a land far, far away, a concept was born and its name was SUS.SUS grew up to be an activist and challenged mans abuse of the ecosystem and set out on a path to restore the balance.
This is our story .
BackgroundMore than half of the worlds population is already living in towns and cities and urbanisation is accelerating, especially in Africa and Asia. At the same time, human activities have crossed or are about to cross the critical ecological boundaries of the planet.Cities are therefore facing major challenges in maintaining and restoring the ecosystem services on which they depend for their functioning, while also securing equal access to natural and man-made resources among the growing number of urban citizens.
Challenge to ecosystem services
SWEDESD Response The Supporting Urban Sustainability (SUS) Programme is a ground-breaking initiative developed by the Swedish International Centre for Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD). The programme is focused on ecosystem services approaches to poverty alleviation (ESPA) in urban settings.
ESPA seeks to tie together experiences of social and environmental programmes in order to tackle poverty alleviation in a more holistic manner, recognising the interdependence between humans and nature.
Interdependence between humans and nature
Makana ResponseA team of five delegates representing a diverse mix of organisations from Makana who will bring their varied expertise to develop a pro-poor green economy scheme that will attempt to address this challenge. Taking up the Challenge
Makana TeamMrs Marlene Mitchener, Director Umthathi Training Project
Ms Nthabiseng Moche, Masters Student Rhodes University, ELRC
Ms Zimasa Nduna, Manager Agricultural & SMMEs, Makana Municipality
Mr Kwanele Mbangi, Superintendent Parks & Recreation, Makana Municipality
Mr Ntobeko Nyengane, Environmental Facilitator, Makana Youth Community
SUS regional engagement workshop Arusha May 3rd-4th 2011In May the Makana team joined delegates from the Municipalities of Mangaung and Arusha for a regional workshop in Arusha, Tanzania.
Learning about one anotherMapping present trends in our cities
Identify & Initiate ESPA-schemesTeams were tasked to explore possibilities where they could identify, initiate or further develop ESPA-schemes in their respective cities.
Exploration WorkshopVaried emotions during brainstorming and discussions
ESPA RelevanceEndeavour: Poverty alleviation and to reduce pressure on planetary boundaries.
Reaction:Restoration of a culture of agriculture.
Poverty alleviation through improved livelihood and income possibilities through farming.Organic agriculture methodsIntroduction of medical plants.Ensure water quantity & quality by water harvesting.Bring in different forms of cultivation.Clean air by tree plantation
Collaborative Learning & Reflexive Forms of GovernanceAcknowledging the concept of reflexive governance by continuously evaluating the methods we are using.By collaborating and learning from others negates the need to reinvent the wheel.
Makana Response to InquiryIn addition taking into consideration the existing poverty, high levels of unemployment, lack of easy access to affordable, fresh food and the future food demand in the Makana area there is an urgent need for investment in sustainably managed agriculture that would demonstrate that ecosystem health is essential to long-term food security and to promote sustainable livelihoods where agricultural production and resource conservation positively reinforce each other.
Our city is facing major challenges in maintaining and restoring the ecosystem services on which we depend for our functioning. Sustainably managed agriculture
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011 To further collaborate, explore and produce project plans on how to initiate and further develop the project.
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011 Guerrilla FarmingGuerrilla gardeningVisby CastlePollinationInspirational Visits
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011 Guerrilla gardeningDeveloping the stake holding underpinning our inquiries.
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011 Brainstorming and summary of project inquiry
Residential Sweden 6 17th June 2011 Developing project plans ... Output ......
QuestionWhat can we do to restore a culture of agriculture for the benefit of the poor in Makana?
AnswerEnabling the poor thereby placing livelihood and food security in the their hands
Our vision is for an ever increasing number of people having the passion and necessary skills to develop sustainable food gardens that will support their health and livelihood securityEveryone gets involved
Our mission is to increase the quality of life of the poor in Makana by establishing income generating, sustainable agricultural nodes that support the surrounding community by providing affordable, fresh vegetables and other useful plants for medicinal, cultural and environmental purposes.Poverty Alleviation
The cultivating of sustainable community, school home or farm food gardens and forming agricultural nodes is the most direct way for many poor families to improve their access to a variety of micronutrient-rich food and to generate a much needed income thereby improving their quality of life and livelihoods.
Project ObjectivesTo establish three income generating, sustainable agricultural nodes that support the surrounding community by providing affordable, fresh vegetables and other useful plants;
Each agricultural node will consist of one community garden surrounded by ten home gardens;
To green our city particularly by introducing valuable indigenous plants to the gardens and surrounding landscape;
To protect indigenous medicinal & traditional plants that are becoming endangered;
Project ObjectivesSheet Wet paperBlanket - ManureComforter - GrassTo introduce environmentally and practically sustainable cultivation principles and practices that result in an integrated, diverse and productive land-use system and can cope with the adverse effects of climate change
Project ObjectivesTo establish gardens that are not labour or cost intensive and are appropriate to members of the community who are elderly, frail or disabled and do not have a great deal of money;
Project ObjectivesTo encourage job creation and for community members to engage in secured diverse livelihood strategies.To encourage the protection of and develop an understanding of the importance of ecosystem services.
Progress to dateBecause our strategic inquiry is a new project within the Municipality the majority of our time has been spent on:Setting the framework for the projectIdentifying project supportersIdentifying participant supportersIdentifying potential agricultural hubsIdentifying funders
Phase I - PreparationDifferent SkillsStrong TeamsAbility to changeThe right ideasAction PlansCommunicatingSolid preparation
Phase I - PreparationDeveloping Action Plans
ObjectivePhase ActionOutputBudget TimelineResponsibleCommentsEstablish 3 Agricultural nodesOne Establish a project plan Detailed plan of actionIn-kind UmthathiCompleted by 3rd JuneMarleneCompletedOne Prepare a power point presentationPresentation for potential stakeholders and fundersIn-kind UmthathiCompleted by 3rd JuneMarleneCompletedOneIdentify Garden StakeholdersA cohesive group of garden enthusiastsIn-kind Rhodes, Makana, UmthathiCompleted by end of AugustAllCompleted
Phase I - PreparationAcquiring Land - Application for lease of commonage land
Makana MunicipalityAtt: The Municipal ManagerP.O. Box 176Grahamstown6140
firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Ms Ntombi BaartApplication for Lease Agreement for Agricultural Purposes Supporting Poverty Alleviation by Facilitating Educating and Training to the local Community in Organic Vegetable and Indigenous Plant Cultivation
Phase I - PreparationSURVEY QUESTIONS02 SEPTEMBER 2011What is the current status of you home garden?What do you intend doing with the garden site you get?How important is it to have your own garden?What would you like see happening in your garden?What do you need to make your garden flourish?What kinds of vegetables do you plant?What kinds of vegetables do you wish to plant?What kinds of nutritional value do your derive from these vegetables?How does eating healthy help you and family?What is your future plan with your garden?How committed are you to having a garden?What kind of assistance do you need to improve your garden?Explain how you understand and use Permaculture vegetable production, including intercropping and organic pest control in your garden?How have you been able to help someone or a group by having a garden?
Feedback on survey conducted for individuals growing vegetables in their homes and individuals not growing vegetables in their homes.Goal & MissionThe goal and mission of the project is to grow the number of people having necessary skills to ensure their food, health and livelihood security through a culture of agriculture for the benefit of the poor.Data CollectionThe selection of the garden homes for the purpose of the pil