Supporting Small-

Holder Agriculture

SAFL’s efforts to support smallholder farmers have centered on a project called Supporting Smallholder Agriculture (SSA). In partnership with the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, this initiative launched in April 2012 under the name Supporting Smallholders into Commercial Agriculture: A social dialogue and learning project (SSCA).

During the social dialogue phase in 2013, SAFL conducted a number of collaborative activities which consisted of three learning journeys, consultative dialogues with smallholder farmers and farmer associations, two innovation labs and a transition lab.


These led to the formulation of the following innovations aimed at shifting the smallholder-led system towards a more sustainable and equitable path. The project is currently in a transition phase from innovation formulation to the prototyping

of these innovations in the districts of Mopani in Limpopo Province and Umkhanyakude in KwaZulu Natal Province. The SSA projects can be explained in the context of our Theory of Change: The U-Process.


Contact Kenneth Carden if you have any questions with regards to the SSA programme:


Banner photo credit: Aletta Harrison, Eyewitness News.