Tiger Brands supports DAFF with drought relief
On Friday the 19th of February, Tiger Brands joined the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele, and MEC Joy Matshoge in Limpopo at the launch of a partnership programme aimed at providing relief to provinces hard-hit by the drought. The programme looks to deliver support in the form of boreholes, water, fodder and food parcels to identified villages and towns.
South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1982. The prevailing drought situation has had a significant impact on the economy and more than 2.7 million households are facing water shortages.
The impact of the drought on the agricultural industry has been so severe and far-reaching that industry associations like Agbiz and GrainSA have called on Government to declare a national disaster. As our company relies heavily on agricultural commodities, the drought undoubtedly is a cause for concern. A decline in farming output could have an astronomical impact on food availability and food prices, making it more difficult for South Africans to access food.
In addition to food parcels and water to offer immediate relief to drought stricken communities, Tiger Brands has committed to support DAFF with the erection of boreholes to assist with agricultural activities as well as providing people with access to water.
As a more sustainable measure to ensure food security, we are supporting communities through the creation of community food gardens, and will be focusing on schools and communities that are beneficiaries of the Tiger Brands Foundation. Part of this intervention includes training and mentoring on how to grow sustainable gardens, education on nutrition, and transferring of business and life skills to address other aspects of food security.
“Through permaculture gardening, we aim to develop a sustainable and productive environment for the improvement of the health, social and economic status of South African communities, particularly women and children”, says Zanele Njapha, Group CSI manager at Tiger Brands. “In so doing, we are supporting Government’s aim of providing practical and sustainable solutions to marginalised communities and drought relief measures at a grassroots level.”
Side note: The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) oversees Agricultural Policy and Agri-development in SA and is a key stakeholder to Tiger Brands. As Tiger Brands; we already have a partnership agreement in place with DAFF to promote the development of small holder farmers through a myriad of support initiatives and guaranteed off-take agreements. This partnership was cemented through the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the Department in August last year.