Organisation in the Spotlight: Food and Trees for Africa
Food & Trees for Africa is a South African initiative that fosters women’s leadership to address climate change. They're focused on activities such as planting trees to sequester carbon and raising public awareness about climate change. Their programs also enhance food security, alleviate poverty, teach women skills and create a healthier and more sustainable environment.
Food and Gardens Programme Manager Robin Hill spoke to Ray White about the organisation, their various projects, and why urban gardening is so important:
"We support community gardens and school food gardens across the country with two main programmes: The first is Edu-plant, which is a school food gardening support network where we train people in permaculture; we train community members and children and educators on how to grow food naturally which helps them tremendously."— Robyn Hills, Food and Gardens Programme Manager for Food and Trees for Africa
"Food security is one of the major issues in South Africa and across the world, especially with globalization. People are needing to grow their own food locally...and it is possible to grow your own veggies in a small place. What we are seeing in Alex and Everton, to name a few, is that community market gardens are popping up everywhere."— Robyn Hills, Food and Gardens Programme Manager for Food and Trees for Africa
"We are the biggest man made forest in the Southern Hemisphere, and we need to keep that title...City of Joburg and Food and Trees for Africa have a strategy for inculcating more and more of the road trees and home trees throughout Johannesburg."— Robyn Hills, Food and Gardens Programme Manager for Food and Trees for Africa