TRAINING CENTRE FOR ORGANIC FARMING
Small farmers are trained to improve the nutritional situation of their families and to diversify through locally available means. ACAT imparts knowledge of permaculture, water collection systems, preserving soil cultivation, storage of seeds and the keeping of poultry. Through the acquired knowledge the households can build upon diversified food sources with low cost investments to secure their basis of life. The dependence on expensive hybrid seeds and aggressive pesticides is thereby prevented. In the long term the trained men and women share their acquired knowledge in their communities in the regions of Shiselweni and Lumbombo.
In Mbuluzi ACAT runs a research and training centre in organic agriculture with a 0.2 ha permaculture and demonstration garden: various cultivation methods and seeds are studied here. At this centre, ACAT organises training courses for smallholder farmers and organisations working on organic farming. The concept of organic farming is thereby promoted and spread in the region and the independence of farmers is strengthened. In 2018 the sleeping facilities in the training centre were expanded.
ACAT promotes local maize varieties as an alternative to genetically modified and hybrid crops. The maize varieties are planted at the training centre, examined, multiplied and finally resold at an affordable prize to the smallholder farmers The dependence on expensive hybrid seeds is thus prevented.
Director ACAT, Eswatini