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Agri Planner

Why Agri Planner?

Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable community development must aim to mobilise and empower communities with the skills, strategies, tools and self-confidence to care for themselves and their future generations in a sustainable fashion. As such, the aim should not be to simply “give” to communities in the traditional sense, but rather to teach them strategies for growth and sustainability. In this way communities are provided with the social, psychological, emotional and intellectual support they need to ensure their long-term sustainability – and even prosperity – whilst also providing the right community environment within which children and youth (including Aids orphans) can flourish and thrive.

Economic Empowerment

There are a number of key national Non-Governmental Organisations providing community development and skills training programmes with a view to promoting sustainable livelihood practices and household food security. Many of these focus on the issue of food security, food production and permaculture training programmes so as to ensure that households are able to feed themselves. However, few of them are able to provide the entrepreneurial skills training necessary to facilitate the economic growth of these “back garden” community food gardens from a source of food security to a source of wealth and economic prosperity.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities

The South African Institute for Entrepreneurship has received a growing number of requests from various food production organisations for an additional “sector specific” training module that would specifically look at how to use food, food production and food related services in the pursuit of business ventures that could become commercially successful and contribute to economic growth and prosperity. This would enable people to take the first steps from basic subsistence (food security) to initial income generation and then on to full viable business development.

AgriPlanner as a Solution

SAIE has now developed an appropriate and tested agriculture specific training programme, AgriPlanner, to supplement the BEST simulation training. It provides the training (train-the-trainer training) and training materials to these organizations so as to build their internal capacity and ability to deliver a more holistic programme in the future. As part of the training and follow up process, the Institute participates in the initial community training programmes undertaken by each of these organizations with appropriate follow-up to test and/or refine the efficacy of the training tool. In this way, SAIE believes it will add significantly to the job creation and income generation efforts of these initiatives, and contribute to growth and prosperity in the country as a whole.

Developing the AgriPlanner Partnership

Coronation Fund Managers has made the development of AgriPlanner possible and has worked closely with the creative development team at the South African Institute for Entrepreneurship to provide this programme to communities.

Coronation Fund Managers has been actively involved in a number of projects aimed at empowering individuals over its 12-year history. The Coronation Growing Entrepreneurs Programme, launched in mid- 2004, is a manifestation of this commitment to uplifting ordinary South Africans and their communities. Through the development of entrepreneurship, individuals, families and entire communities are equipped with the skills necessary to empower sustainable programmes that will create long-term employment and business success.

What is AgriPlanner?

AgriPlanner helps emerging growers and farmers go beyond the practicalities of merely growing produce. AgriPlanner is all about working out a plan of What to do and When to do it. Growers learn how to get the most productive use out of their land as well as how much money their land could produce for them, if they use it well.

What does AgriPlanner achieve?

Growers will leave being able to answer questions such as:

  • How much money can we make from our land?
  • What can we plant? When can we plant it?
  • How can we keep our land productive for the whole year?
  • How much money do we need to get going?
  • How much money can we make each month from our land?

How does it work?

Participants are divided into 3 teams which each attempt to run an effective gri-enterprise as part of a game simulation. Each team, allocated 10 plots of 100 square metres, discusses and decides what to grow and when to plant.

AgriPlanner starts off simply to get the basics in place. It progresses through different levels, each taking between 2 to 4 hours to play and process. As each level is mastered, layers of further complexity are added. Each new level builds on the learnings of the previous ones. Teams build up to being able to use planning systems, charts and tools that they will use to plan their own growing activities on their own land.

What method does AgriPlanner use?

AgriPlanner uses lots of discussion and talking to get each team to decide the best action to take to deal with each new tricky situation that arises. Each team will need at least one person who can fill in simple forms to keep a record of the team’s decisions and progress.

As the game modules are highly participatory with most of the discussions happening in the home-language of learners, the programme is particularly accessible to participants who have had little formal schooling. Some experience in growing is useful.

How long does it take?

  • Each of the 8 levels requires a session of between 2 and 4 hours
  • The entire programme can be completed in 18 to 20 hours
  • The Training of Trainers Course is 4 days long.

What training materials are supplied?

  • A re-usable AgriPlanner Facilitator’s kit
  • AgriPlanner Workbooks (one per learner).

Who is it for?

  • NGOs providing community based skills training programmes
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Community growers and farmers
  • Schools Learners.



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