Under RECLAIM Sustainability! programme, five policies were influenced. Seven multi-stakeholder dialogues were convened and five recommendations submitted as part of influencing policies around labour and gender in Mozambique and Zambia.
Women form a large percentatge of the labour force attached to the tea sector. In Malawi, the project has revised the gender policy as well as the occupational health and safety policies which will be enforced at industry level, these exist to increase worker’s safety within the sector. In Mozambique the tea sector is at its infancy, as a result the project has influenced the labour and taxation policies of the estates to help make the sector more sustainable.
Under the AFR100 project, the projected 150,000 plants of different varieties in the nurseries were planted in preparation for reaching a target of 135,000 trees after transplanting.
Fruits & Vegetables
A total of 1,370 workers participated under the SEF project — which creates a credible pathway to employment in the agricultural sector — in nine sites across three provinces in South Africa. Farmers increased their labor force with participants in the project, increased their productivity per hectare, and some have even expanded their production into additional hectares.
1,500 farmers were trained in animal health and nutrition, silage making, fodder production and preservation. Demonstration plots were set up in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
In Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, we trained 17,060 lead farmers in good practices such as safe use of pesticides and soil conservation. Some 39,088 smallholder farmers adopted good practices, leading to a total 218,243 hectares under sustainable management.
In Zimbabwe, we trained 21 participants, each representing an Small and Medium Enterprises cluster,on footwear design and manufacturing, increasing their participation in the leather value chain.
Progress in 2022
By working on four levels of intervention simultaneously, Solidaridad in Southern Africa managed to establish more lasting sustainable production in the region.
Most Significant Changes
KATETE SOYBEAN FARMER PROVES THAT AGRICULTURE IS MORE THAN JUST COWS & PLOUGHS
As a result of solidaridad interventions which consist of access to certified seeds, inoculants and soil tests, the average productivity of soybeans in Zambia has been consistently increasing from 500kg per hectare in 2018 to 1120kg per hectare in 2021, highlighting the potential for smallholder farmers to benefit from soybean production to support sustainable livelihoods.
BOLSTERING WOMEN IN AGRI-BUSINESS
Women make up almost fifty percent of the global agricultural labour force, but they are still a minority group in terms of land ownership, participation in decision making entities and access to credit and financial services. In this article, we showcase Gloria Mafojane, who became a full-time farmer after working as a seamstress for years.
INCREASING DIGITAL ADOPTION
For 75 year-old avocado farmer Godson Kalolo technical assistance has been the key to growing from a smallholder into an entrepreneur, harvesting 18 tonnes of avocado and delivering to a major supermarket chain.
Innovative Sustainability Solutions
The power of innovation
Creating change that lasts
Digital tools help to increase the scale and durability of sustainability solutions. In all our solutions, gender and inclusion are at the center.
Organization & Governance
A high-performance team
Walking the walk
Within the region, we continue to attract and retain a high-performance team and continue to build on our multidisciplinary capabilities and skill sets. In addition, we have also maintained a high level of integrity as staff members continued to deliver professional services to the beneficiaries across the region. The person of trust and the integrity advisor provided the necessary support and guidance on cases where there were concerns on the integrity.
Southern Africa recorded a marginal surplus for the year compared to a significant budget deficit.
The total annual income for 2022 amounted to Euro 4.5 million, which demonstrates a significant increase from the initially budgeted Euro 2.6 million and a 69% increase in income from 2021.
Own funds amounted to Euro 1.2 million – an increase of 142% from 2021 with a positive income variance of Euro 1 million compared to budget. This was due to the securing of new contracts during the year including Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa (SEF) – Euro 467K, SADC SIPS – Euro 69K, Danone – Euro 107K, AFR 100 – 41K, WCDI – Euro 34K, SEED NL – 49K and income generated through Kvuno activities.
Direct expenditure for the year amounted to Euro 4.4 million, an increase of Euro 895 thousand compared to budget due to the additional contracts secured and non-operating expenditure Euro 120 thousand resulting in an overall positive result of 3000 Rand.
The full audited annual statements are available below.