Oxolo Mofokeng is the executive director of the Siyavuna Abalimi Development Centre. Siyavuna empowers rural farmers by providing skills and enterprise development through sustainable and climate change-resilient farming methods.
Siyavuna has trained more than 2 000 elderly farmers – 86% of whom were women – and is in the process of initiating 1 000 young people into the agricultural space. Through this work, they hope to improve food sustainability, address the high levels of youth unemployment, connect young people to the agricultural value chains and facilitate the transfer of indigenous agricultural knowledge from one generation to the next.
Mofokeng’s involvement in Siyavuna has been a seven-year journey of progress and growth starting as a personal assistant and rising to the position of executive director. Through hardships and successes, she introspected, evaluated and focused on her goal of helping rural communities attain stable and sustainable livelihoods.
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