Farmer and entrepreneur Nandi Mkhwanazi sees food not only as a source of nutrition, but also as a tool for poverty alleviation and wealth creation. The owner of agri start-up Nanloy Organic Farm aims to combine innovation and indigenous African knowledge to provide high-value organic fresh produce.
“As a farmer, I have been focused on building healthy soil, protecting local environments and improving biodiversity,” she says. “I love to nurture nature and my work affords me the privilege to carry an entire generation of plants in my hands. I get to see the seeds grow, thrive and fulfil their purpose.”
Through the Ayanda Organic Home & Schools Garden initiative, Mkhwanazi teaches the entire value chain of food production and the power of growing one’s own food, focusing on indigenous crops and nutritious vegetables that are drought resistant. She is also the current SADC chairperson of the Africa Under 40 entrepreneurs network.
I see myself as a seed, and in the true nature of a seed, I grow and thrive through adversity to flourish and later multiply.