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Humana People to People in South Africa

(1) The Farmers’ Clubs Programme: Small holder and subsistence farmers join this program to develop their farm and their community. Farmers get organised into groups and learn to benefit from training and exchanging experiences. Farmers learn to use and benefit from all conservation farming methods. This makes their agriculture production climate smart and makes the farmers resilient to climate changes. This agriculture programme is reducing the carbon emission to be in balance. The programme also uses the water resources much more effectively, prevent soil erosion and finds more ways to find and use water. The programme implements tree planting. This programme is currently implemented in Elliotdale (Eastern Cape Province).
(3) Clothes Recycling: This is a new environmental project, Durba

Date of Establishment:

20-Apr, 1995

Purpose of Organization:

HPPSA established its operation in South Africa in 1995 in order to respond to the socio-economic needs of underprivileged South Africans. The organisation has a 19 years hands-on implementation record in the country of accomplishment of working with people at grass roots level to create long-term sustainable development. The organisation builds the capacities of families and their communities in an all-inclusive project, recognising that in order to nurture children successfully, the entire community must be strengthened. It operates along 10 Lines, such as: building the family economy, health and sanitation, early childhood development, support of OVC, education, district development, environment, HBC and food security. It targets communities affected by HIV and AIDS (and TB) with door-to-door campaigns. The organisation develops the conservation farming skills of small farmers in order for them to achieve food security and use their surplus produce to earn income. It teach farmers environmental friendly solutions in agriculture and how to prevent climate change.


In the Farmers’ Clubs program we make use of a number of agricultural methods that improve the production and protect the environment. Some methods absorb existing CO2 from the atmosphere and leave carbon in the soil. Other methods are emitting less CO2 than previously used methods. Food from the small scale farmer is saving CO2 :
These methods are:
1.Conservation Farming: low or no soil disturbance to maintain the balance of nutrients, water and micro organism, cover the soil to avoid evaporation, crop rotation to break cycles of pests and diseases and improve fallow with green manure and cover crops.

2.Intercropping: by combining a variety of plants they can assist each other in a symbiotic way.

3.Introduce Climate Change resilient crops (drought and flood tolerant).

4.Introduce improved seeds where the seeds come from the best-performing local plants able to sustain the local conditions and with high germination capacity.

5.Introduce crops diversification for the farmer not to depend on mono cropping and to improve the nutritional supply for the family and also create income opportunity for the farmer.

6.Introduce garden farming with organic and smart practices.

7.Use organic methods, herbs and plants with useful properties as pesticides.

8.Use of animal manure and compost instead of chemical fertilizers (estimating a farmer saves 0,5 tons CO2 per year for each ton used of compost/manure).

9.Find low cost irrigation solutions as buckets, watering cans, electric, diesel, treadle and rope pumps and drip systems and smart water harvesting.

10.Tree planting which improves the CO2 balance with 20 ton per year per HA compared to no trees. Trees also prevent erosion, are wind breakers and provide shade.

11.Fire wood saving stoves reduces the amount of firewood with around 50 %.

12.No slash and burn.

13.Control and prevention of bush fires.

14.Planning for adverse weather like flooding and drought. These disaster risk reduction actions protect the investment in agriculture and livestock and help to sustain food security also when extreme weather conditions hit.

15.Producing Jatropha for bio fuel.

16.Putting up solar panels.

17.Give environmental lessons to thousands in villages and inschools.

18. Introduce agro forestry as a balanced agricultural and soil improvement system.

19. Introduce water-harvesting systems to increase rain infiltration and reduce rainwater runoff.

20. Establish permanent tree nurseries in the clubs and large scale treeplanting.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • South Africa

Contact Details
Street Address:
Humana People to People
5-11 Richmond Road
Zip Code:
South Africa
Telephone No.:
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NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Land Degradation
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Niels Matthiessen Key Contact Person
    Country Director
    Telephone No.:

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