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HaSSP Planting a Seed of Hope in Siphofaneni, Swaziland
15 May 2012


Tucked away between stretches of sugar cane fields lies a rural community of Imbali yaMadlenya in Siphofaneni, in the lowveld of Swaziland. A group of 29 community members came together to form the Imbali yaMadlenya scheme as part of the Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP), through Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development (SWADE). The scheme made up of a mixture of young and old smallholder farmers owns a 6 hectare piece of land; they have planted 5 hectares of the Kranskorp bean seeds and 1 hectare of maize seed variety ZM 523.

The FANRPAN HaSSP Mid-Term Review (MTR) Team accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture (Seed Quality Control Services Unit - SQCS) and SWADE visited the Imbali yaMadlenya scheme to see the work that they have undertaken and to talk to the scheme members about the project progress.

The hope in their eyes and voices is hard to miss as they believe that this project will pull them out of poverty and ensure seed and food security. Evidence gathered showed that this is a group of smallholder farmers who are eager to learn more about seed production in order to impart the skills and knowledge to fellow smallholder farmers in the village. Although they are only starting out the commitment they have to their scheme and the project is evident as the MTR Team found them hard at work in the scorching heat.

Mr Absolom Ngcamphalala, secretary for the scheme thanked FANRPAN, SQCS and SWADE for the visit and continued support. He promised that the scheme will work hard to put Swaziland and their community in the map, as they got to understand that the project is not only about them as a scheme but Swaziland as a country as its stretches over four countries.

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